Creative Writing

Poem: Black Lives Matter

Poem: Black Lives Matter

I’m awakened to the muted thunder of one more dead  Cursing myself that if I had stirred awake some time sooner They could have heard me   Heard me say I won’t let thousands of promises melt to the ground anymore Wash up on the graves of those already gone  Heard...

Poem: Dear tired brown girl

Poem: Dear tired brown girl

Dear tired brown girl,    I know you’re almost ready to give up But hold on a little longer and keep your voice loud. Hold on for those who haven’t found theirs yet,  who are still lost in this world of hate.    They will beat you down with their words and...

This American high school life: Peculiar phobias

This American high school life: Peculiar phobias

Almost everyone has a phobia. Some are just more peculiar than others. Prologue: “So describe a phobia you have.” “I absolutely cannot poop in public.” Yes. You read that right. Imagine the astonishment I had when I heard this during the interview, which was...

The Met: A short story

The Met: A short story

The package arrived on a Tuesday afternoon, heavily wrapped in Styrofoam and extra padding on top of that, its actual size a fraction of the structure it had come in. Workers carefully ushered it past the back entrance. The hallways were quiet and warm with study, the...

Poem: Dear tired brown girl

Poem: Broken Object

I see you staring back at me Tell me what you see Is it me or is it the monster that I’ve become. Can you hear me, Tell me do you hear me I want you here and I want your help, But all you're hearing is the damage that I’ve done I’m the damage. I'm the broken object...

Poem: Dear tired brown girl

Short story: The way that nature made her

She traces each leaf in the sky above her, circling the branches and their roots. She becomes enmeshed in the spine of the maple tree’s leaves; their threading. She outlines the delicate and aging leaves faster and harder. Her uneven body jolts forward, a hiccup in...

Satire: How to write a YA romance novel

Satire: How to write a YA romance novel

This satire article was inspired by Natalie Berner’s satire piece “How to write a profitable female YA dystopia." Thank you Natalie for inspiring and allowing me to build off your idea. Are you a lonely person who wants romance but can’t find it? Well, if so, I have...

Poem: Photography by K Veliz

Poem: Photography by K Veliz

The essence of capturing life in one platform One simple image with an enormous meaning The contrast of the blur with the focus The comparison of the dark colors with the light The beauty of a landscape and The admiration of one’s self portrait    by Kimberly...

Music, Meaning and Life

Music, Meaning and Life

With a hum surrounding me, I begin: the radiant and robust Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, expanding and growing, intensifying with each bowstroke. As I reach the animato, I remember the purrs of my grandfather’s cat and its soft fur, sparking memories of childish...