In the socially distanced era of six feet apart, two Brooklyn-based writers celebrate the beauty and history of their everyday worlds in this visual diary.
Girls Write Now Intern
Irene Hao is a New York native, born and raised, daughter, sister, and student. She is currently pursuing a BA in English at Fordham University in Lincoln Center. She is actively involved in and a regular contributor of her school's newspaper The Observer and student radio Wavelengths. Irene has been published in Teen Ink, Scholastic Writing & Arts Awards, and Canal Street News. Irene loves writing in all its shapes and forms, and seeks to find the intersection between her love for written and spoken word and storytelling with law, politics, and digital media. When not writing, you can find her studying in cafes, belting in karaoke booths, solving crossword puzzles, or playing video games with her friends.
Spilling thoughts on paper; the unrefined, unfiltered, unmuted musings of Lavera Yul.
When I sat down one November evening and stared at the empty Google Doc on my laptop for 15 minutes straight, I knew I was experiencing burnout. Drafting this piece was quite meta: I struggled to write about my struggle to write.
In June of my sophomore year, I participated in my school’s talent show, doing modern dance and flow arts. Both were challenging: Modern required flexibility and movements my awkward limbs were unaccustomed to, and flow required dexterity of my wrists to simultaneously twirl strings, staffs, glowsticks, and fans in contrasting patterns.