Writing to gain a sense of identity
Marjorie Agosin is an accomplished writer from Chile and professor at Wellesley College. She is best known for her book, I Lived on A Butterfly Hill, and her recent poetry collection, Secrets in the the Sand: The Young Women of Juárez. As a young girl, she was bullied for her accent and battled against racism throughout her life. She, however, was able to find her solace through writing beautiful poetry.
In this interview, we chat about Marjorie’s childhood, how she started writing at only the age of 17, and her philosophies in life.
Quote of the Day
A creative life blossoms from dreaming to doing. Unknown
3 Lessons from Interview
How she dealt with racism as a young teenage girl
The creative process behind her writing and poetry
Her philosophy on teaching and how she tries to teach empathy to her students
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
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Getting to Know Marjorie Agosin
What is a helpful resource for you?
Marjorie Agosin highly recommends checking out Richard Mollica’s manifesto on his work with people that suffer trauma called “How To Heal in A Violent World” .
Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?
Her father, who passed away, always believed in Marjorie and encouraged 8 year old Marjorie to be a poet and be creative. He was a great mentor for Marjorie.
What is your purpose on this planet?
She believes her purpose is to do good, to make this amazing planet a little bit better, to write, and to have joy in her life.
How to connect with Fred?
You can find her works on Amazon.
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