Guest Post: A-merica, our home and native land… by Garreth Chan

Garreth Chan

I spent two months of my summer entangled and confused in an endless jungle of a fantastically exotic city.

Glass and cement twisted into a permanent tango, childish handwriting in chalk emblazoned across uneven sidewalks, slowly scrubbed away by the scuttling feet of the masses, and the roar of traffic buried in the rumble of

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A Conversation with Kate Samworth

An interview by Alicia Cole.

Kate Samworth grew up in the DC area, where she played bass in a band and made art before moving to New Orleans. She studied and then taught painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art and later earned a BFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of

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Guest Post: You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are by J. B. Howard

J. B. Howard

As a child, I had terrible asthma. I spent hours every evening breathing fumes out of a noisy machine called a “nebulizer,” and most days I required puffs from my collection of inhalers—the blue one made me shaky, but the gray one tasted gross. My mom used to mix a supplement called “Oxy-G” (supposed to

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Guest Post: Fantastic Voyage: The Phenomenon of Human Emotion – Part II by Dr. Jodi De Luca

Jodi De Luca

Life within itself is a fantastic voyage. And during this journey of our lives, more often than not we can unexpectedly find ourselves hurled into un-chartered territory, especially where emotions are concerned.

Perhaps the fact that we can’t ‘see’ our emotions makes them hard to understand or control. For example, if we have a laceration

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Guest Post: Pull That Trigger (and I Don’t Mean Guns) by Tobi Alfier

Tobi Alfier

In the old days (think Centennial by James Michener), I was afraid of nothing and no one. I flew hot air balloons, jumped out of airplanes, was kicked awake by the police while sleeping on a pier in Monte Carlo, and slept on the floor of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam with my head on my

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The Fierce and Fragile Journey of Sidestepping Landmines by Catherine Adel West

Catherince Adel West

With every word I write, I try to sidestep a landmine. Avoid disaster.

Writing my first novel, I was hoping to find some blueprint on how to vividly dissect and then construct the complex and celebrated distinctions of black women.

Yeah, so that doesn’t exist.

Therefore, I’m left to navigate the boundaries and stereotypes of

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Guest Post: Traditional publishing versus self-publishing: my experience by David Haight

David Haight

So your manuscript is finished. If you’re anything like me and knew you were a writer from an early age, it was probably your dream to publish your novel (or book of poetry or collection of short stories). After years of schooling, failures (publishing as Melville said, most of your work to the flames) you

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