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'Immigrant Voices': Five Countries, Six Stories, One Stage

Nov 7, 2019

Rosa Contreras during last year’s Immigrant Voices performance
Credit Klaus Kocher

Saturday in Carbondale, six locals take the stage to tell their stories of immigrating to the U.S. from Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Susana Salamun is one of the storytellers for "Immigrant Voices." She moved to the U.S. from Mexico when she was in her mid-twenties.

As the first one in her family to emigrate, she felt particularly lonely as she built a new life in an unfamiliar country, while family members questioned the move.

She says she’ll be stepping outside of her comfort zone when she takes the stage, but that the empowerment she feels when she tells her story makes it worth the risk.

 

"It makes me want to share my story in order to impact the lives of others, but also in order to get to know myself better," she said.

Local nonprofit English in Action teamed up with Writ Large, which organizes live storytelling events, for “Immigrant Voices," which starts at 7 p.m. at Thunder River Theatre.