What the heck is a genre? For a word we use so often to describe our taste in music, books, or art, do we know what it means? A genre is a category that we assign depending on focus and style. By organizing tastes into specific genres, we create rules that define whether or not… Continue reading Ten Genres Defined
In 2015, I wrote a pair of poems I submitted to Aberration Labyrinth. At the time, I didn't know what I was feeling and I struggled to express myself. There didn't seem to be words for what I was feeling but I knew if I could write it down or say it aloud, I would be… Continue reading A Pair of Poems
Dear Ryan, I know you think I'll forget all about you when I move to Seattle, but below are videos that prove to you I won't. We didn't expect to be friends. In fact, our immediate fate was becoming Chemistry partners in Rong's class. I thought she was evil and you thought this was funny.… Continue reading For Ryan
Lena, You asked me how I became strong. How did we, of the same origins - of the same cloth -become so different? I recall shrugging and refusing to look at you when I said, "Some people are just born like that." Isn't that what I said? I might have mentioned that sometimes people are… Continue reading Elsewhere, We Became #2
Let's be honest. For many of us, 2016 was less than what we'd hoped for. Maybe for you it was the opposite and 2016 was the best year by far. It's all a matter of perspective. Whether we reach our goal or not, the desire remains the same: Everyone wants a change. As 2017 is… Continue reading 5 New Year Resolutions for Writers
Two am calls like a Beggar on the street corner. I want to Search for you, I want to reach out and Know that everything we have fought for Was worth it. But I don't even Have a penny to my name and All I hear as I pass by is a voice rasping, absent-mindedly,… Continue reading Penny For Your Thoughts
Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoir Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe -- which won Stanford University's 2016 Saroyan Prize for International Writing -- as well as the memoirs The Bridge to Take When Things Gets Serious and Miss New York Has Everything. She is also the author of the poetry collection,… Continue reading Q&A with Lori Jakiela
Imagine sitting down with your favorite book. There you are, sitting in a comfy chair, peeling the pages apart hungrily. You're into it : the plot, the dramatic climax, and even maddening suspense clinging to each line. No doubt, the story you are reading is a great one. Its opening line sucked you in and… Continue reading You Wouldn’t Live In A Cardboard Box, Would You?
A taste of a darker side to the City of Light.