StoryStudio has always been more than just a place to learn to write.
We strive to be a place where you learn how to use stories to make a difference. In this post-election season, StoryStudio will work even harder to be a safe and welcoming home for writers of all colors, nationalities, citizen status, gender, sexual orientation—and any other kind of “difference” you can think of. If you’re different, we want to hear your story!
Because so many of our voices still aren’t being heard, it’s time to own our own narrative, to realize that the stories we tell will change hearts and minds. We must find our voice. Write down your story and share it with the world. Together, we can change the story of America.
(If you’d like to help other writers write for change, consider donating to the Stories Matter Dana Wood Chaney Writers Fund.)
We’re pleased to introduce our Voices Amplified series with a poem by Mary Grace Bertulfo.
By Mary Grace Bertulfo
Unpack your hidden tools, America.
Dust off your generosity of spirit,
your open-handed friendship,
your sense of possibility.
Reach beyond the din of hatred
to the still, peaceful place inside.
Remember the kindness
and frailty of your neighbors.
The angels of our better nature
Build, they say, build.
Build bridges between neighbors.
Embrace openly on the streets
the fortitude of love.
Our diversity makes us wiser.
Our diversity broadens our beauty.
Our diversity makes us richer.
So build, America, bridges.
300 million bridges built to unite neighbors
are stronger than
one wall built to separate us.
Today, right now,
unpack your tools of peace.
Extend your bridges to your neighbors
so that we may walk together
across this land
Mary Grace Bertulfo has written for television and children’s education in such venues as CBS, Pearson Education Asia, and Schlessinger and for conservation magazines such as Sierra and Chicago Wilderness. Her fiction has appeared in Growing Up Filipino II, Our Own Voice, and The Oak Parker and her essays have appeared in various anthologies. She is the daughter of an immigrant family that has served the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Veteran’s Administration.