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January 5, 2017

My former notion of essay compliations was that they were dislocated fragments of life attempting to complement one another while also viciously competing with each other. Lawrence Lenhart’s The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage doesn’t just challenge my old preconception,...

December 23, 2016

Yes, I am one of THOSE people, I am someone who claims to be and wants to be a writer. When I was little, I would create stories that never ended up being real words on a page, but it was a real story to me when I would tell it to all of my stuffed animals. I never rea...

December 21, 2016

After studying abroad and experiencing the thrill of traveling, I have started to suffer from wanderlust syndrome: the need to travel anywhere and everywhere. After pricing various trips I could take over the next year, I finally accepted that I am completely broke and...

December 12, 2016

Line breaks are  

an obvious necessity 

in poetry—as  

we all know. 

Except when they are not because—as we all know—prose poetry is a thing that exists, so essentially I advise that, as poets, we all internalize that rules are fake, so is the concept of an obvio...

November 14, 2016

What happens when a writer has a traumatic experience, has an emotional ordeal, or just has a season when they are not in the mood to write? What most people assume about writers is that they can write all the time and are “wasting their gift” if they don’t. But what p...

November 10, 2016

In December 2012, one of my best friends introduced me to a website called 750words.com. Site creator Buster came up with the idea from the book The Artist’s Way, which calls includes a writing exercise called “morning pages.” Morning pages refers to writing three page...

November 1, 2016

My dad always told me growing up that it’s important to choose a career path that is either going to make you a lot of money or one that is going to make you happy every day. As an 18-year-old kid, having virtually no money, it seemed obvious that even though money doe...

October 25, 2016

Flagstaff, Arizona. The farthest place I could get away from home, and the best place I could ever imagine to be inspired.

With its mountains and endless blue sky, it’s the opposite of the place I grew up in. The grey, damp, clustered city. With its endless cracked side...

October 25, 2016

When you’re a young writer (in my case, 22) interested in carving out a distinct and singular style for yourself, chances are high that despite the strains and pains of some early attempts, you haven’t yet discovered your own “literary voice.” Your literary voice is yo...

October 18, 2016

Nowadays, if a college-age student wants to be competitive in the job market, one of the top recommendations they will be given is to get an internship—especially if they’re vying for a position in a super competitive industry. I know from firsthand experience how true...

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