Listening to Seattle’s Skid Road

Encampment below Harborview Medical Center, photo credit: Josephine Ensign, 2021

Amidst the raging debates about what to do about homelessness in Seattle and King County, the voices of people who work—and live—at the intersection of health and homelessness are drowned out. That needs to change if we hope to make any real progress towards solving homelessness and suffering in our city and neighborhood. With the aim of increasing a diversity of voices and perspectives on homelessness, I’m happy to share our Reader’s Theater script, “Listening to Seattle’s Skid Road: Testimony from the Edge.”

Join us for a (free, virtual) Reader’s Theater and hear the voices of unhoused individuals, caregivers, and more, as we consider the toll that homelessness takes on our community—as well as amplifying local examples of innovative solutions.

Thursday, November 18, 6:30-8 pm (PST), University of Washington Libraries.

“Listening to Seattle’s Skid Road: Testimony from the Edge” was written by Josephine Ensign, DrPH, professor UW School of Nursing; and Lorraine McConaghy, Ph.D., public historian; with assistance from Lisa Oberg, librarian, UW Special Collections. The script is based on interviews conducted by Josephine Ensign with people working—and living—at the intersection of health and homelessness in Seattle, as well as Josephine Ensign’s recent book, Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City (Johns Hopkins University Press). Funding support for the Reader’s Theater script came from a 4Culture Heritage Award.

Registration (again, free and virtual event):

https://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwashington.zoom.us%2Fmeeting%2Fregister%2FtJEucOqurz0jHtcsRTbCXYMxZsGLi8fDRNgb&t=Welcome!%20You%20are%20invited%20to%20join%20a%20meeting%3A%20Skid%20Road%20Reader%27s%20Theater.%20After%20registering%2C%20you%20will%20receive%20a%20confirmation%20email%20about%20joining%20the%20meeting.

This link is for just for the registration link:  https://washington.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEucOqurz0jHtcsRTbCXYMxZsGLi8fDRNgb

And here is the pdf of the Reader’s Theater script:

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