“Set Me Free” by Francine M. Bianco-Bacigalupo

This is an original spoken word piece created by Francine M. Bianco-Bacigalupo, which she performed collaboratively with Hemlock Theatre Co.’s recovery series “Down in a Hole” on May 8th, 2018 via Maker Park Radio - NYC .   Francine was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia on February 24th, 1988. Eight months later, she was adopted by a … Continue reading “Set Me Free” by Francine M. Bianco-Bacigalupo

How #RedemptiveLiteracies Became an Important Hashtag for “Voices from Rock Bottom”

So, because #redemptiveliteracies is not my original hashtag idea ... I decided to give credit where credit was absolutely due. Thank you to my fellow colleague, my friend, Miguel Vasquez, who has made #redemptiveliteracies matter. Miguel and I crossed paths during the start of my doctoral journey at St. John's in 2015. But, it wasn't … Continue reading How #RedemptiveLiteracies Became an Important Hashtag for “Voices from Rock Bottom”

Read: “The Opioid Diaries” (Time Magazine, 5 March 2018)

The opioid crisis is the worst addiction epidemic in U.S. history. Drug overdoses kill nearly 64,000 people per year, and the nation’s life expectancy has fallen for two years in a row. But statistics alone can’t tell the story. TIME commissioned veteran conflict photographer James Nachtwey to document this crisis over the past year through … Continue reading Read: “The Opioid Diaries” (Time Magazine, 5 March 2018)