PEOPLE + PROPERTY: Writers
Jordan is our People + Property series writer for the theme History. Her piece incorporates the architectural history of the house with the neighborhood history of the city block and relates this history to broader themes of landscape, city planning, and gentrification.
Manon Voice is writer and poet collaborating with the HLP People + Property Writer series. Her writing pieces will focus on the theme of space and critically explore how humans have migrated to and through physical spaces through a poetic lens. The poems will include the spiritual and architectural impact of what housing and space has looked like in a long view in the 20th and 21st century through the eyes of Americans who have been disadvantaged from development and explore the ethereal concept of space and its importance in our human evolution.
Sara Baldwin Schatz
Sara Baldwin is writing a documentary piece focused on individual voices of the Tacoma Ave neighborhood. This work tells the story of the residents’ lives, and their unique experiences living on this block – where they are from and what brought them here, how the neighborhood has changed and how they’ve changed along with it. She is also discussing with each person the impact of House Life Project and other community organizations. In addition to this written work, Sara is recording the interviews and collecting field recordings, in order to make an audio piece about the neighborhood.
Danicia Monet is the People + Property series contributor focusing on the issue of Equity and Access. Her subject matter will outline a map, guidelines and how to instructable for increasing equity in developing urban neighborhoods.
Tatjana Rebelle is a mother, activist, writer, performer and promoter. Living in Indianapolis most of her life, she learned to use her writing to deal with growing up in the midwest as a bisexual, biracial daughter of an immigrant. She is the founder and host of VOCAB, an all-inclusive monthly spoken word and live music event at the White Rabbit in Fountain Square. Her work with HLP this season will focus on the struggles brought about from gentrification, as well as bringing to light the plight of those left stagnant because of poverty.
Laura Storrs is a poet and writer living in downtown Indianapolis. She was selected to participate in Round 4 of the Religion, Spirituality & the Arts Seminar through Butler University in the Fall of 2016, and her work has appeared in The Allegheny Review. Laura is writing a play on the theme of change. The play will be a series of monologues given by many different characters, each with a unique relationship to the neighborhood. Together, these scenes will tell the story of the neighborhood over time.
Sharla Steiman is a poet, rapper, playwright that focuses on the interpersonal challenges and connections between all types of people. They have a queer and feminist lens and strive to produce work that adheres to that standard. Their work this season focuses on the People + Property series theme Change. Sharla has been working on a series of raps/poem that capture the community’s need for change, as well as the thoughts and emotions the space itself has in relationship to change.
As the House Life Project Creative Editor, Twinkle’s piece takes on a unique shape as the season continues. Her perspective on food access, equity and how it relates to housing in the here and now has evolved over the last few years. With a background in food journalism and 25 years as a professional chef, her piece in one way provides an editor’s perspective, and at the same time unites the pieces as a whole. This conceptual piece of creating a recipe transforms as the idea moves from abundance to stark, empty cupboards and is a peek into the reality of food deserts in our community.