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“The New World, New York, 1920″ By Shana Ritter

Shana reads from her latest book Stairs of Separation.

Myers Montage

Photo: BEDownes (wiki commons)

Montage of paintings by Jerome Myers depicting scenes of New York City from 1900-1935, depicting the lives of new immigrants coming to America and the neighborhoods they created.

“Poetry is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.”
― Adrienne Rich

Shana Ritter is a writer and educator. A long-time resident of Bloomington, Indiana,  she is originally from New York.

Shana is a three-time recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Writing Grant.  Her new book Stairs of Separation, (which tells the story of her mother’s journey as an immigrant in the early 1920’s), can be found through Finishing Line Press (currently accepting pre-orders!).

In this episode, Shana reads “The New World, New York, 1920,” “The Luckiest Orphans, New York, 1920,” and “Naturalizing, Bronx, New York, 1930.”

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