People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos works to create a more equitable society by inviting new audiences to experience our humanistic, literary heritage. Enduring literature has poetic, linguistic, and emotional forces with the potential to deeply touch and enrich the lives of readers. The power of a literary work begins only when an appreciative reader encounters it. Unfortunately, access to literature is linked to rigid social hierarchies, often drawn on the basis of class, race, and educational privilege. One of the goals of People & Stories / Gente y Cuentos is to cultivate a desire to understand life experiences more deeply and to invite participants to see beyond their personal circumstances to the imagined possibilities that literature explores.