Gainesville is a diverse community. We want to share the stories of where people come from and how they got here. 

On March 16, 2017, Self Narrate partnered with Charlotte Kesl Photography to capture some of the stories of Gainesville residents at our storytelling event themed "Leaving Home."

We recorded all of the stories that were shared and took a portrait of each storyteller. We want to share all of those amazing stories with you below.


Mandisa Haarhoff

Syraj Syed

Written version of this story: PDF

Barbara Brady


Benny Torres


Michaelyn Luttge


Kristine Crane

More photos from the Leaving Home storytelling event: