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Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues, and Beloved Readers, I am pleased to announce that I won first prize in the Jerome L. Schulman Memorial Poetry Contest for my poem, “the plague years.” I am honored to be recognized by my university in such a manner. As a graduating senior, I am so very grateful for everythingContinue reading "Update from the Author: Mid-May...
Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues, and Beloved Readers,
I am pleased to announce that I won first prize in the Jerome L. Schulman Memorial Poetry Contest for my poem, “the plague years.”
I am honored to be recognized by my university in such a manner. As a graduating senior, I am so very grateful for everything that Baruch has given me – academically, professionally, and personally.
When I first starting trying for publication in earnest, it was only because Baruch’s school magazine, Encounters, had the faith in me to feature me not once, but twice!
They believed in my work, even before I did.
(And, of course, a huge shout-out to my mother, who believed in my writing since the age of four, when I “wrote” a book about fairies. She dutifully stapled it together and has kept it ever since. I love you, Mom!)
Since then, I’ve been published in over a dozen literary magazines, journals, and anthologies. I won first prize in Bacopa Literary Review; I was long-listed for the international erbacce-prize, and following my passion has lent me strength and given me purpose.
So thank you, to everyone who believed in me way back when. Thank you to my family and friends, who have always been there. Thank you for believing in me, even when my own faith wavers.
I have faith enough that I will keep writing – indeed, I don’t think you could keep me away from my keyboard, even if you tried. The pen is mighty, and the appeal of language and literature is too strong. I simply have too much to say; so much that it would take me many lifetimes to relate. I have but the one, however, so I will continue to write and hone my skills, and sharpen my gaze and my focus.
On that note, I bid you a gentle farewell. I hope that this update finds you healthy and hale.
All the best,
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An Update from the Author, where I reveal some exciting news!
Dear Friends, Family, and Beloved Readers,
I have some exciting news to relate!
Additionally, I am on the long-list for the 2021 erbacce-prize, an international competition that had over 13,000 people who submitted. Of those, just over 100 were chosen to be on the long-list, myself amongst them.
I am honored and humbled to have been recognized for my writing in these ways.
Thank you all for believing in me, whether you are just joining me or if you’ve been here since the start.
Expect another update in mid-May, as my award-winning play, “For the Wicked,” is going to featured on Baruch’s Creative Inquiry Day, along with a class project on the African Burial Grounds in NYC and how we can use various artistic and archeological tools to recover the voices of the oppressed.
I hope all is well with you, and that inspiration finds you in unexpected places.
All my best,
Dear Friends, Family, and Cherished Readers, I hope this update finds you well. I would like to share my latest publication. My poem, “Fireworks,” was written on the morning of July 5th, 2020. It was just published today in Breath and Shadow. For context, I am including an excerpt of the journal entry that followsContinue reading "An Update from the Author: April...
Dear Friends, Family, and Cherished Readers,
I hope this update finds you well.
For context, I am including an excerpt of the journal entry that follows “Fireworks.” Often, I keep these in my poetry document to remind myself of the headspace I was in at the time of the poem’s writing.
We sit without speaking.
The things we’d wanted when the night was still young seem so very hollow in the cruel light of dawn.
We hold our souls in our hands, their tremulous beating the only proof we have of any higher power, but in the end, we all open the hands we’ve clenched into fists and we sing of the moon and we fly like birds set free until we realize we have no wings with which to soar.
And our souls; they were athunder. It wasn’t until the morning after that I remember this simple, horrible truth.
I am a whirlwind. A storm. I am always longing for some ever more distant city to deface, some other pale, fragile heart to break.
(you can count me / as a loss / you can tell them / I was caught / sleeping at the gates.)
I hope you enjoy “Fireworks,” and this little glimpse into my writing life and innermost thoughts.
I’d like to thank the editors at Breath and Shadow for having faith in my work! And I’d also like to thank all of you, for reading and enjoying my work.
All the best,
Details about my reading.
Hi, all. I hope 2021 is treating you well.
I am going to be reading alongside two other Queens poets on Yara Arts Group’s Facebook Live at 2 PM EST on Sunday, January 17th! Be there or be square!
An Update from the Author: December 2020, in which I share a bit of good news and take a moment to give thanks to those who have supported my writing career and aspirations.
Dear friends, family, and cherished readers,
Here are some exciting pieces of news I needed to share with you:
I am currently the featured poet on the Poets of Queens website.
(For those of you who were unaware, I was raised in Queens, a bit further inland, and I currently live in a lovely little town called Arverne by the Sea.)
And, I will be giving a virtual reading along with two other fantastic poets on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 at 2 PM EST on Facebook Live. More information, and a direct link, to come in my January Update.
I am also in the process of compiling and editing a chapbook. Keep an eye out for more information on that. I would welcome beta readers from among my friends, family, fellow poets and writers, and my dedicated readers. Please let me know if you are interested in receiving a digital copy of a draft!
Know that I wish you and your families the best of holiday seasons, whether you celebrate Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Lucia’s Day, or any other assorted celebration, small gathering, or festivity. As this is often viewed as a quiet time for reflection, let me take a moment to thank those of you who have supported my writing career from the start, and all of you who joined along further on in the journey. You have my most heartfelt gratitude.
Thank you all, and to all a good night,
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