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Laura Fletcher

Sarasota, FL

Laura Fletcher

Professional Writer and Multimedia Storyteller

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Landscapes Called Home

Historically, the idea that identity takes root in one’s natural landscape can be seen in native peoples and indigenous populations from around the globe, from Florida’s forgotten Calusa Natives to the Māori of New Zealand and the Australian Aboriginals. The language and traditions of indigenous people are central to the identity of the region as well as the individual.
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Tapestries of Hope Director Jailed for Telling the Harsh Truth

In the recent documentary Tapestries of Hope, filmmaker Michealene Cristini Risley says she was reluctant to put herself onscreen. "I did not want to be one of those filmmakers that inserts myself in my own movie," she says. But the director's personal experience on-location in Zimbabwe was so extreme, and her cause so worthwhile, that it became necessary to include her story.
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American Idol Meets the Gong Show On Acid at "Come As You Are: Houston"

Houston may finally be celebrating the perfect gay marriage. Next month, DiverseWorks Art Space will be presenting Come As You Are: HOUSTON! - a showcase of original work that couples local performance art with explorations of queer sex. DiverseWorks performing arts curator Sixto Wagan knew that he wanted to spotlight a multi-gendered and multi-generational group of artists with performances representative of the diverse queer community in Houston.
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Star Trails and Underwater Voyages

It may be obvious when you think about it, but did you know that the word “astronaut” literally means “star sailor”? By connecting the sea and sky in one word, (ástron meaning “star,” and nautes meaning “sailor”), our cultural language acknowledges the sacred character of both the oceans and skies.
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Live Free, Stay Human

Michael Franti, one of the most positive and conscientious artists in music today, implores us to "Shine On" in his song "Crazy, Crazy, Crazy" from the album Everyone Deserves Music. It's an album of compelling verses floating out on the currents of international radio stations - reminding those who seek higher forms of action that there are many ways to change the world for the better.
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The Evacuees: Who Fared Well and Who Didn't

Larry Hayes drove from New Orleans to Atlanta three days before Katrina hit to stay with relatives, learning later that his Gentilly neighborhood home — situated between the London Avenue Canal and Lake Pontchartrain — was destroyed. "I'm going to stay in Atlanta," he says. "I would have had to start from scratch in New Orleans, so I can start from scratch here."
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African Art from The Menil Collection

Bamana masks and headdresses, Lega ivories and Dogon sculpture, terra-cotta figures from Mali, Benin bronzes: the Menil Foundation has recently published a major scholarly catalogue, African Art from the Menil Collection, featuring 115 of the museum's finest pieces from across the continent.
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Rice University: Profiles in Recruiting

Kevin Bailey followed a chance invitation to a luncheon to land his new career. A double major in Economics and Political Science, Kevin now works for BP North America Gas and Power in their skills-developing Challenge Program.
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Angelou Highlights Black History Month

Maya Angelou has been recognized as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, and has been honored nationally by two presidents. She was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the Bicentennial Commission and by President Jimmy Carter to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year.
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Family Homicide Expert Goes On National Shows

USF criminology professor Kathleen Heide says she worried about her expertise being sensationalized, but the chance to get her message out to a wide audience outweighed the risk.
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Amputees Gather To Share Strength, Support

Waldo Esparza lost his left leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident when he was 15. Be he says being handicapped is a state of mind, not body.
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No Free Launch

As anyone who has actually seen a shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral can attest, it remains an awe-inspiring sight. But the Challenger disaster aside, most Americans view shuttle missions as nearly routine events. According to some scientists, they may have a subtler, more insidious and far more devastating impact on our planet than any we can see: Shuttle launches may rapidly be destroying the ozone layer.
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About

Laura Fletcher

I am a storyteller and new media artist. I work as a writer-videographer-photographer-editor to tell stories, mostly about cultural and environmental issues. In my spare time, you can find me making video remixes, experimental docs, or interactive illustrations.

I am also a writing instructor and communications educator who hopes to make multimedia and digital storytelling accessible to artists and journalists of all backgrounds.