Speak Your Piece

Opinion pieces from across the coastal region.

Hosted ByRend Smith

Shoresides accepts opinion essays for our “Speak Your Piece” segment on any topic for both the online print and podcast series. Pieces typically run from 400 to 1,200 words or 3-4 minutes. Drafts of any length will be considered.  We will arrange recording for audio editions.

Please share one sentence at the top of your submission who tells us who you are. Also, be sure to include annotations for all assertions and attributions made in your essay. All submissions must be original, exclusive to Shoresides.  Contact us at shoresides@workingnarratives.org


All Episodes

Young Activist Speaks Up About Racism and Social Justice Issues

Shecoria Smith, 15, reads an essay she composed about her journey to becoming a young activist. She discusses recent events in the U.S. and her community in coastal North...

Medicaid during COVID-19

Jeff Mills, volunteer and Medicaid Ambassador with the North Carolina AIDS Action Network (NCAAN), reads an essay he composed with Lee Storrow, the Director NCAAN. Mills and Storrow note...

Student Speaks on Reimagining Schools during Remote Learning

“Schools here have a lot of togetherness.” Jaileea Knight is an eighth grader in Tarboro, NC. The small town is home to a large reimagining public schools effort. From...

What Divided Us Brought Us Together

Julia Narvaez didn’t feel tied to her hometown, Wilmington, North Carolina. Instead, she felt disdain for the social and economic inequities in her community. But when Hurricane Florence hit,...

Recovering Together: Rebuilding after Hurricane Florence

Jonny Morales, 18, talks about what it was like returning to his hometown – Wilmington, North Carolina – after Hurricane Florence. And how he, his family, and his neighbors...

COVID-19, Ebola, and Racism

Amari Poindexter, 17, lives in Leland, North Carolina. Poindexter says the indifferent attitudes and racism of people during the coronavirus in coastal North Carolina remind her of how her...

Asthmatic High School Student Discusses COVID-19 & Hurricanes

Morales knows the hospitals in his communities all too well – from Emergency Room visits for the asthma attacks he’s had as long as he can remember to serving...

Not Quite Through the Storm

Shecoria Smith was hunkered down with her mother as the wind and rain pounded her city when a call came making her realize that tragedy from the hurricane had hit close to home. Her friend’s mother and sibling were killed by a tree falling on their house.