–a way to celebrate diversity at a time when our country is divided by hatred and fear

We want to be heard, not herded; we want to speak, not be spoken at or for; we want to break through stereotypes, profiling, and dismissal to be listened to in our full humanity.

Our central goals:

*To help people of all ages and backgrounds use the “Where I’m From” poem as a prompt to write about experiences that shape them.

*To bring these voices together in community.

*To get them heard locally.

*To create a national river of voices, reminding America that diversity is our origin and our strength.

While the first medium in our workshop is writing, we encourage people to take the prompt wherever their art leads them.

Invent your own ways of working with groups, classrooms, community and senior centers, libraries, and other gathering places. Let us know what you’re doing.

At iamfromproject.com you can

Find suggestions and resources for teaching, organizing and writing on the theme of “Where I’m From”

Find ideas for “Where I Am Going” and other list poems

Explore the poems published on the website from around the country and beyond

See where this theme of our great diversity has lead others, from videos to artwork to photography (in Resources).


Help us expand the river of voices. Send your I Am From poems and other creations to: http://iamfromproject@gmail.com

Find us on Facebook at iamfromproject


Meanwhile, we’ll be exploring ways to reach a national audience.



George Ella Lyon and Julie Landsman



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