It’s a pleasure to share a few of the wonderful faces from the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation! Hailing from places as far as The Bronx, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and even the Dominican Republic and Thailand, Miami is home to me because of these formidable writers, and it is an absolute pleasure to feature them on JIMBO TIMES! Now, perhaps we’ll have to make visits to each of these places in order to complete the circle?!

What’s for sure is that all of them are welcomed in Los Angeles when they make their way around the West coast, with the exception of maybe Yesenia (holding Puerto Rico’s flag), who might be just a little too much of a New Yorker to keep it cool with The L.A. Storyteller!

In all seriousness though, Yesenia is magnificent! To her right in the *Phamily photo sits Jackie, *Andrew, and Piper. Directly in front of me sits Marie-Francoise (who’s also from L.A.!), and to her right is Meg, Aracely, Nashom, and Dulce Reyes.

Towards the bottom, Vanessa Martir is stirring up a good time with Dulce and Marie. Vanessa served as the logistics organizer for the conference, making sure that each participant had everything they needed during their time in Miami.

And at the top, Kira Lynne Allen is getting love from all of the VONA family for her service as a staff member and caretaker. She’s been a part of the conference for over fifteen years, so you can imagine there was quite a bit of love shown! It was an honor to meet Kira, and a pleasure to hear her read from her book: Write This Second.

Author: J.T.

I'm a writer, editor, and photographer with a passion for community development en Los Angeles. While my editing work covers a range of different subjects, my writing focuses primarily on social welfare in the city, including education at L.A.'s public middle and high schools, public transportation planning and efficacy, housing and small business policy, as well as voting turnout for local elections and policy. My photography is similarly city-based, focusing mostly on what makes Los Angeles home to so many working-class people from all across the U.S.A. and throughout the world. Enjoy.

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