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San Diego Writers ‘Reclaim’ Their Stories

Book cover of "Reclaiming Our Stories."

San Diego Writers Reclaim Their Stories


Mona Alsoraimi-Espiritu, editor, "Reclaiming Our Stories"

Tariq Ali, author, "Reclaiming Our Stories"


A group of emerging writers in San Diego has taken up the challenge of "writing what you know."

In the new book "Reclaiming Our Stories," the writers offer a glimpse into the lives of real people who live in City Heights, Logan Heights, Barrio Logan, Chollas View, Mount Hope and other communities in southeastern San Diego.

The anthology includes 19 narratives about identity, resilience and empowerment.

Book Launch

What: "Reclaiming Our Stories"

When: Friday 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Where: World Beat Center

One of the authors featured in the book is Tariq Ali, a volunteer with the community organization Pillars of the Community. Ali recounts the day he was shot, his involvement with gangs and his experience in prison. Today, he helps steer local youth away from street gangs.

Ali and Mona Alsoraimi-Espiritu, English professor at San Diego City College, talk about storytelling on KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday.


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