https://youtu.be/_Hp1C69HhCc Be in a Book from Fresh Off the Boat & Six-Word Memoirs! The Six-Word Memoir project and ABC’s acclaimed series, Fresh Off the Boat invite you to share your story for a new book, Six Words Fresh Off the Boat: Stories of Immigration, Identity, and Coming to America, publishing in fall 2017 from Kingswell/Disney Publishing. We believe this book’s simple and inclusive form will offer powerful and fascinating perspectives on coming to America — stories of safe havens, long journeys, complex transitions, and customs brought into this country by the millions of immigrants who indeed make America great. Who has a Six Words Fresh Off the Boat story? Everyone. We are seeking the widest range of stories possible, stories from the lens of immigrants and their descendants, as well as anyone who has a family story of coming to America. In other words, all of us have a story to share. We’ll also be including a number of “backstories,” more information below. Writers are welcome to submit a memoir in their native language (so long as the English translation is six words). A few examples: Immigrant. Worker. Sole provider. Extraordinary Woman. Grandma's apron sailboats docked in kitchens. Sister pretends she can't use chopsticks. A secret life because of immigration. Emerged educated emigrated immigrated. Elected. Elated. Russian immigrant learns English, becomes MD. Feuding with three family members? Persian. —Nahnatchka Khan, showrunner, creator Fresh Off the Boat Another Greek Odyssey, thriving in America. —Arianna Huffington The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017, and anyone can share a story on sixwordmemoirs.com/fotb or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The personal histories that shape our families reach far and wide. For SixContest #77 — inspired by Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin star Diane Guerrero's new memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided — we invited you to share your own family stories in just six words. Each family is a collection of journeys (“Left everything behind. Crossed oceans. Lived.” —@MaggyTheBrave via Twitter). Some families are defined by adversity (“In the shadow of the Holocaust.” —Frieda W. Landau via Facebook), others by hope (“Homesteaders, refugees, immigrants. Moved for opportunity.” —@EugeneEvon via Twitter, Ed. Note: click link for the accompanying photo). In some cases,
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For many of us, summer evokes kicking back and reading on the beach with a Kindle in one hand and a cold drink in the other. But are we really "reading?" Reading has always been connected to books.
Yet haven’t we always read road signs and menus, labels and ads? Words are everywhere. And we’ve always read between the lines, read other people’s minds, and read signals until we read too much into things. Reading has always been beyond the page. It’s not about pronouncing words, but about understanding the world. It turns out, reading hasn’t changed much, but maybe where and when we do it has. And today, we still read to write, or in some cases type. So read the following Six-Word Memoirs about reading in all forms and functions. Then, write your own for someone else to read.Reading binge gave me reading hangover. — tiggerpuss Felt old, reading paperback on train. — MotorCityMich Reading pre-email letters. Incredibly nostalgic. Surreal. — Amapola Two kids gone. Three hours reading. — MO_Thoughts2 They're reading fanfiction. Together. How intimate. — Brilliant