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Restless Books

Isaiah Stavchansky

Playwright Isaiah Stavchansky explains how the writing workshop empowers immigrants as Americans.

7 mins

Nothing Else Matters

Enya Cid

Enya Cid moved from Mexico to the U.S. as a three year old. She says this country is her home, but her right to stay here never feels certain. In 2022, Enya joined other first generation immigrants in a writing workshop hosted by the publisher Restless Books and Arlington, Virginia’s Dream Project.

9 mins

Missing Memories

Nataly Montano

Nataly Montano is living her dream, following her father’s footsteps in medicine. She joined the Restless Books writing workshop as a way to recover some of her early memories of immigrating to the U.S.

11 mins

Moving Forward

Karen Vallejos Corrales

The Dream Project started in 2010 when a group of teenagers, parents, and educators got together. Their mission: to find a way to give students with undocumented status a path to college. Karen Vallejos Corrales was one of the founding student members and she’s now back with the organization as the Executive Director.

8 mins

Qué Dice?

Cecilia Morales

Most of the Restless Books workshop participants were college students or relatively recent grads. Cecilia Morales says she was a bit like the mother of the group. She immigrated to the United States as an adult, along with her young children.

8 mins

Finding Your Path

Hareth Andrade Ayala

Hareth Andrade Ayala was another one of the student co-founders for the Dream Project. During the Restless Books writing workshop, she reflected on what it was like to see her parents move through their careers, both in Bolivia and in the United States.

9 mins

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