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A Future With Books

From the second I laid my tiny hands on a book until I graduated high school, I knew I wanted to have a future that involved books. Everything about them entranced me, from the smell of the pages to the way some of the…

The Death of Writers​ Block

Death has always been something different for me than the rest of my family. Sometimes it’s like standing on the outside of a glass bubble. I can press my hands against it, feel it, and deny its there all at the same time. This…

Magical Mind

I’m in my giant comfy chair wrapped up in a blanket. The weight of the book is heavy in my hands as I turn to the first page. Soft light illuminates the words as they start to form images in my mind. Harry shouts…

Self-help

J. Frances De La Rosa I am writing this as a way of self- improvement. I often do this. It’s how I think things through, how I process most mental dilemmas. I start by writing out what the problem is, work towards understanding where…

Repeat, Change, Repeat

Were born into a brightly lit and invasive world, crying babies pulled from the soft, warm, dark wombs of our mothers and thrust into chaos. From the moment of conception, everything about us starts changing, and change never stops until we take our last…

Just Like My Mother Always Said

My mom always said, “To thine own self-be true.” There is something so wonderful that comes when we learn how to love ourselves. When we can face ourselves in the mirror, when we have looked our pasts straight in the eye and accepted them,…

Where Do We Find Inspiration?

Writing is hard work. The challenge of craft never seems to diminish. So I look for inspiration to keep going. I’ve long admired Julianna Baggott. Her poems and novels have been threaded through my life. I often turn to her blog when I need…

Lost Smile

I ask my myself why I changed. Why did my smiles stop? There were no tears, No aching sadness, Just a missing smile. Silence and loneliness clings to me Like darkness hugs all during the night. Daylight breaks, The sun chases away the darkness,…

Rogue Agent

Want something different to read? Rogue Agent is a journal that is worth looking at if you enjoy poetry. Jill Khoury, Editor in Chief of Rogue Agent, wanted to create a space for poetry on embodied poetry–poetry about the body. The poetry addresses gender, race, heritage, queerness, dis/ability,…

Long Way Down

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds is a story of revenge and the consequence of revenge. At least that’s what you think it’s about. Reynolds main character Will lives by three simple rules: no crying, no snitching, and always revenge. The premise of this…

Quiet and Stillness Needed

As December begins, I feel the rush toward the end of the year pick up. It is an inner frenzy–all those things I had hoped to complete this year, my need for plans in hand, the lurking pressure of the holidays. This sense of…

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

As college students, we don’t often get the opportunities to read for pleasure. But lucky for us, we get this lovely thing called Fall Break where we get to relax for about four days. Lucky for me, I stumbled across some free books in…

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