People often struggle with their genders growing up. Most grow out—or, rather—into their pre-established identities. I didn’t.
Inspired by the experiences I had in a park I’ve been going to since childhood.
This story is an excerpt from the first chapter of my science fiction novel and it introduces the protagonist, the Immortal Wishmaker.
I’ve spent my whole life on trains, and most of my life writing. This project is an intersection of both experiences through a unique yet familiar format: Google Maps. Consider it “Poetry in Motion” for the next generation! Each poem was written while riding specific trains. Simply select a “line” (by the title of the poem) to read each full piece OR read stop-by-stop (stanza-by-stanza) if you select the teardrop icons.
This poem is inspired by D.A. Powell’s poem “Calling All Gods.”
1. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.
2. Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
3. Squeeze the lever slowly.
4. Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Young people can take the world by storm. I hope we will one day be able to live without that burdensome fear of the clock stopping before our time.
Sometimes, we as people become so consumed in the mundane tasks of life that we forget to notice the small beautiful things that constantly surround us.
Nadia’s set to take over the throne her father’s prepared her for her entire life. But what if everything she thought she knew, including who she is, was a lie?
A short story discussing the traps of solitude and the desire to read.
Sometimes individuals wish to be blinded by reflection, distraught by the truth that lived in their childhood. This poem explores the duality of recollection and humanizes each perspective.
Seventeen-year-old Darla has lived in the small town of Silver Lake her whole life, surrounded by memories of her family’s history of abusive relationships.
House of Lies is the beginning of a thriller novel that Janiya plans to complete. It speaks to love, lies, revenge, and the consequences of choices.
This was written in a bout of nostalgia. Looking at old family albums, and how my relatives were a sea away, but it felt much further and I wondered what time will do to us.
“Unspoken Things” is about being in a gray area with someone and not knowing where you stand with them.