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"Buffalo is often called the 'City of Good Neighbors' because it is a city that's home to a large refugee and immigrant population. As Buffalonians we pride ourselves on this flourishing diversity. But with xenophobia and hate crimes on the rise, sometimes the message behind being a 'City of Good Neighbors' is forgotten. Through this summer fellowship at the Just Buffalo Writing Center I interviewed three different immigrants who call America home, and offer readers a snapshot of their lives. My hope is that by sharing these narratives, we can learn how each of our experiences intertwine and that human empathy ties people from all varying backgrounds together. These profiles act as a response to the question, 'What makes being the “City of Good Neighbors” so wonderful?'"

[caption id="attachment_32952" align="alignleft" width="700"] photo credit: Brendan Bannon[/caption] During the fellowship, I explored songwriting in unconventional way. I used the cut-up method of David Bowie, which  yielded interesting results for my own work. I wrote about 12 songs in total. The overarching theme of my project was inspired by the relationship between myself and nature, which helped me explore a lot of interpretations of that relationship. Some pieces express the natural instinct to love, and some reflecting the beauty of chaos in the natural world. The performance below features many of the songs that Trinity wrote during her fellowship. Trinity Ridout is a young writer and musician. She attends City Honors High School, the Just Buffalo Writing Center, and Community Music School. Her work is inspired by her strong feelings toward environmental activism, and focuses on the relationship between humanity and nature. Check out her soundcloud. [audio mp3="https://www.justbuffalo.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Trinity-Ridout-08282018.mp3"][/audio] live musical performance by Trinity at Mohawk Place on August 29, 2018