Howard Area Community Center is truly honored to present poems from students in HACC’s adult education classes. Students in ESL and GED classes, who are from over 25 countries, reflected on themselves and their identities in the following simile poems. These poems were published in the 2017 Howard Line, an internal student publication featuring creative autobiographical writing. Please enjoy these poignant pieces written by farmers, dentists carpenters, business people, textile workers, accountants, engineers, homemakers, and of course, proud Rogers Park community members.

Introduction written and poems designed by Rachel Hoffman