Hello everyone! Another month has passed and I can’t believe it’s almost summer. Last month, I was pretty burnt out and I’m still recovering from it but I’ve slowly felt rejuvenated by just taking time to relax and just consume media instead of constantly produce it. That didn’t stop me from publishing some pieces and working on some of my other projects.
Check out my latest piece from Vain VVitch and their body horror zine.
On The Strange Is Beautiful:
“Finding Your Worth” A Poem
Conchas Y Contras:
The history of Latin America and U.S intervention through politics and culture.
Junot Diaz and the complicity that allowed sexual harassment and assault.
Also big news on a current project. I put out a Call For Submissions for a zine I was creating called “Very Important Dogs”, I am pleased to say that I have finished it for the most part and I am hoping to release it before the end of the June. If you are interested in placing an order, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If not, I will be posting instructions on how to order through Paypal and Venmo as well as opening a shop on the site (fingers crossed). Thank you for joining me for another month of recaps.
The best highlight of this month was being invited to read in Oakland for The Wandering Song. Here are some pictures of me reading as well as some amazing Central American writers.
My short poem on crying in the first issue of Berry Magazine
This month on Conchas Y Contras:
Growing up as weird brown girls
Discussing our views on feminism
I’ve been taking creative writing classes at my university for a while now, most of them have been a breeze: just put in the work and you’ll get a good grade.
But this quarter I decided to challenge myself by taking a Professional Fiction workshop and it was ten weeks of ass-kicking. We had to research grad-schools, write essays and do presentations as well as submit a 20 page min story to workshop. But that’s not even the worst part. Our final was to submit our final revision of that story to The New Yorker.
If you haven’t heard of the New Yorker, please check them out, they publish great stories and give great content overall. They are the top of the top in writing. If you get published here, then you have made it. So of course I was terrified of sending my story to them.
There is safety in rejection. I know I won’t have to wait for three months, I’m certain they’ve said no. For one, I am an unpublished and unknown writer and I’m okay with that. I’m only 20 and still want more time to improve myself. But it was still pretty fucking scary pressing send. But I did it, and I also got an A in the class. (!)
Maybe one day I’ll legit send something to the New Yorker, and I hope that when I do, I’ll be confident in my writing, and sure of what message I want to give to readers. For now, I’ll keep working for that goal. If I keep at it, I know I will reach it.