|People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos, a reading and discussion program offered in English or Spanish, creates unique access to literature. Adults and young adults who have had limited opportunities to experience the power of literature work in small groups led by a trained coordinator. Participants draw upon their own experiences to discuss complex short stories. As they examine the poetics, issues, and values the stories explore, people can discover ways to see things differently.
Literature has the power to transport an audience to another time and place, to illustrate meaningful life lessons through complex characters, intricate themes and different points of view. The question then arises, who owns literature and, most importantly, who has access to it?
Since 1972, People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos has believed enduring literature belongs to us all, including those who have had limited opportunity to read independently. We offer literature reading and discussion programs in English or Spanish that invite participants to read, interpret, and question literary short stories through vibrant discussion. Our programs reach individuals in diverse settings, including residential treatment facilities, prisons, homeless shelters, adult education programs, libraries, and senior centers.