Streets of Return: A Feature with Writers Without Margins

Dedicated to the fusion of art and advocacy, Writers Without Margins takes literature beyond conventional spaces. Our mission is to expand access to the literary arts for under-resourced communities in Greater Boston—including those isolated by the challenges of addiction recovery, trauma, poverty, disability, and mental illness—through free, collaborative, creative writing workshops, public readings, and publication…

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Adam Ferreira; Jimmy Thomas; Sara Willig; Joel Thompson; Kay Bluelondon

Adam Ferreira
Adam is from New Bedford, MA. He’s struggled with making the right choices in life and is learning how to express himself in positive ways. He’s made some bad choices, which lead to a hard struggle, but nothing changes if nothing changes, and he’s working on changing a lot.

Jimmy Thomas
Jimmy Thomas is twenty-four years old and was born in Haiti. He came to the U.S. when he was ten and currently lives in Boston, where he found out about poetry classes at Writers Without Margins, which allow him an outlet to express his feelings and emotions.

Sara Willig
Sara lives in Cambridge, MA, where she shares her home with a large rescue dog. She began writing poems 10 years ago, and when not writing or watching Steven Universe, Sara can be found doing disability advocacy. She is an OG tabletop RPG gamer and loves horror and science fiction. She will continue to rake muck and expose the actual lives of the small in this country, like any good Jewish leftie.

Joel Thompson
Joel Thompson was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in New Bedford, MA. Seven county and two state bids later, he is at peace with himself. After battling drug addiction and abuse for years, he is still haunted by the past. To confront it, he focuses on his writing, which he enjoys. He wants to tell anyone who has been to the belly of the beast—there is hope and peace out there, but you have to work for it and never give up.

Kay Bluelondon
Kay Bluelondon writes and sings to encourage herself and others to look more deeply at their own journey and connection with the world. She is an artist who explores power to illuminate the darkest places. She believes that we all fall sometimes and some fall even deeper, but if she could get up you can too. Kay believes that poems can change lives and the way we think and behave regarding the most critical matters of our time.

Tyler Champion

Tyler is an illustrator and designer working in Nashville, TN. He graduated from the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in 2010. He has worked on an array of projects including gig posters, concept art for video games, comics, shirt designs, and advertisements.

First Featured In: No. 11, summer 2018

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