About Words In Transit

Western New England is home to immigrants and refugees from around the globe, and their presence revitalizes the region and redefines its culture. Their journeys have involved fear, uprootedness, and isolation as well as perseverance, creativity, and hope. In collaboration with Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College, NEPM produced Words in Transit, an oral history project collected the personal stories of nearly 30 people who have made this area their new home.


About Words In Transit

New England Public Media and Amherst College’s Copeland Colloquium have collected the personal stories of nearly 30 people from around the world who have made their new home in western New England.

Traversing continents and cultures, the project illuminates the many pathways leading to our small corner of the globe, and explores the shared experience among those seeking a new life in a foreign land.

Now these stories have been gathered together in a beautifully designed book that showcases Beth Reynolds’s photographic portraits of each immigrant. Proceeds from this book go to scholarships for immigrant students at Holyoke Community College.

Words In Transit

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