The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center’s inaugural edition of SPOTLIGHT features many stories by READ Center students. Hear the many voices of learners, both native-born and immigrant, putting their creative writing center stage. The variety of forms and topics is impressive: from haiku and acrostic poems to longer narratives, we find stories of dramatic escapes and longing for home, snapshots of daily life and goals for the future, accounts of treasured traditions, and even a playful tale about a silkworm’s adventures. While every learner who contributed to this volume has their own story, they largely share the common goal of improving their lives through adult education. We are so proud of the READ Center students who submitted their work.