Flight

photo of pigeon flying
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At first my story was based on pigeon racing and the techniques involved. When everybody else read my script in class, ideas kept flying, and it was out of this discussion that I thought it would be great to include memory association in the piece. I chose to include my own story in the pigeons’ story, a story of raising pigeons in the world’s most dangerous city fifteen years ago. I thought this was interesting because of how the world has changed for me within the past fifteen years. Many struggles and tough days, and now the fact that I am in the US might make it possible for me to own pigeons again one day.

Class discussion, and talking with the students helped me shape my story. This became a story of me and my pigeons compared to the pigeons in the US. Even though the size, colors, and everything else were the same, the pigeons in the US wear electronic chips, eat healthy food, and stay in fancy lofts, which took me by surprise. Writing the script of this story has not been hard, but voicing it was a bigger challenge. I had put all my thinking hats into figuring out a way to record it. But eventually not reading my own script but instead remembering the moments as I spoke helped make my voicing sound natural.

Abdi’s Sonic ID

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I was in Woods Hole for my Sonic ID. I chose Woods Hole because of the water. I ran into George Liles, who is the curator of the Woods Hole Aquarium. George does not care about the water; he thinks of water as something people have to cross when they are going to Martha’s Vineyard, and in fact, I liked staying in Woods Hole mainly because of the water.

Listen to more pieces from this Story Workshop class here.

Abdi Iftin

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Abdi Iftin

Abdi Iftin is a regular mentor at The Telling Room, a non-profit writing center in Portland, Maine. Abdi’s story was documented on This American Life in July 2015 and the story was nominated as one of the 60 Peabody finalists 2015. Abdi is currently working on his own book project, Call Me American, which will be released late in 2016. Abdi has contributed to Refugees International, American Public Media and the BBC. He told his own stories as a refugee in Kenya and Somalia. His stories have been documented on several media outlets and have touched many people across the world. Abdi is a naturally talented story teller. As a former refugee, a recent immigrant to the US and a Muslim, Abdi has received requests to speak at TEDx events and Universities in Maine. He will be in New York, Chicago and many places within the next few months, speaking at events aimed at refugees issues around the world.

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