This guest post is brought to you by Callan Gaines, a sophomore at Winthrop University and one of seven students who traveled with Kelly Campbell of the Village Experience and me to Guatemala. She’s an artist studying interior design and has a laugh that can be heard over the zip of a zip line.
Her post reminds me of something designer Bibi Russell told me in Bangladesh: “Beauty lies in poverty.”
When traveling abroad, it is awesome how much you can learn about yourself and this incredible world we have.
My first trip abroad was to the beautiful Latin American country of…
The other day I was digging through some old writing goals–circa 2005. One of the questions that I attempted to answer was, “What is the greatest good my writing can accomplish?
My answer went something like this:
“To introduce readers to people they wouldn’t normally meet, places they wouldn’t normally go, and issues they wouldn’t normally think about.”
I’m so honored to get to do this from the page and stage. Now, thanks to a partnership with The Village Experience, I’m on a trip in Guatemala with students from Winthrop University who read WHERE AM I WEARING? as their freshmen common reader experience. Over the course of the next week we’ll meet garment workers, coffee farmers, and visit fair trade cooperatives.