The Relevance of Journaling And Documenting Your Life

If you’re anything like me, you have books all over your home and journals that are both completely full and half empty. Books have always been a part of my life, whether they’ve been authored by someone I adore or are empty for me to fill. Now, at almost 29 years old, I have a…

Rakesh Satyal’s New Book Is Very Indian, Teaches Hard Lessons And Is Funny

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that taught me hard lessons and made me laugh out loud simultaneously. No One Can Pronounce My Name was written by Indian-American author, Rakesh Satyal, and published May 2017 by Picador. No One’s diverse rang of characters are complex, sexual and humorous; they represent Satyal’s wit and…

Black Poetry like ‘Bum Rush the Page’ Informed My Youth

I have been doing a lot of reading and writing in isolation. I’ve been so involved with other things, that I needed to be protective of my space; safely placing it within an incubator to think, read and write. What brought me here today, however, to share something with you was the recent celebration of…

On Manjula Martin’s New Anthology And How I Became A Writer

I was reminded of my younger self while reading Manjula Martin’s new anthology, Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living. It is a collection of essays made by and for writers that bluntly uncovers the many different avenues that make up the #writerslife struggle. It is filled with detailed information and personal…

An Excerpt From Pablo Neruda’s ‘100 Love Sonnets’

To Matilde Urrutia My beloved wife, I suffered while I was writing these misnamed “sonnets”; they hurt me and caused me grief, but the happiness I feel in offering them to you is vast as a savanna. When I set this track for myself, I knew very well that down the right sides of sonnets,…

Roxane Gay Gives Voice To ‘Difficult Women’ In New Collection

I recently walked to my local bookstore because I was in search of a book that had just been released to the world. Carefully scanning the covers, I didn’t see what I was looking for. I asked the clerk to check inventory and he reached for an unopened box behind the counter, smiling, “We just…

Read James Baldwin And He Will Rise From The Dead

During his time here, James Baldwin was very vocal about how he viewed the country in which he was born and the expanding world. Now, many years after his death, his commentary continues to shake us, filling us with emotion and deep thinking. It is a shame, frankly, that his work is still relevant considering…

Five Books That Inspired My 2016

When I pick a book to read, it has to do with two things: my mood or whatever creative project I am working on. I look to authors as teachers, hoping they’d provide me with some insight, inspiration and answers to questions I’ve been probing. The last twelve months was no different. As I close…

Three Books That Will Help You Follow The Moon

It can not just be me who has taken notice: there appears to be an increasing interest in the moon and her phases. I first became aware of the moon after leaving South Florida for New Jersey, a journey that I embarked on as a leap of faith towards a vision I saw in my head….