BOSTON IMMIGRANT WRITER'S SALON x GRLSQUASH
What do you think of when you hear the word home?
What has home given you? What parts of home do you carry in your body?
These were the questions that greeted guests upon their arrival to the Boston Immigrant Writer’s Salon’s first ever Healing Salon on Tuesday, March 5th, led by GRLSQUASH poetry editor and Salon Founder, Frankie Concepcion.
Surrounded by tea, cookies, and plants from the Salon Founder’s very own home, the group was led through a guided discussion based on a topic specific to the experience of immigrant writers, ensuring that each person had the opportunity to share their story and take up the space they needed to feel heard. It was only appropriate that the first topic be one which many immigrants struggle with every single day: Defining Home.
Guests discovered surprise connections, formed new bonds, and overall found a sense of community which many felt had been lacking in their experience living in Boston so far. By the end of the night, it was clear that no matter where you were from or how long you had been living in America, there are common threads linking us all together. The anticipation for future Salon events was palpable as guests slowly trickled off in groups at the end of the night.
And why call it a Healing Salon? The Salon founder states simply that Healing was the goal of the gathering all along. “It isn’t about generating work or writing,” says Frankie. “It’s more about sharing space with people who have a similar experience, and being able to share your story and listen to others’ as well. And maybe, through this self-relfection, we can find ways to nourish ourselves and our writing.”