The Life, The News

for colored girls…. A Tribute To Ntozoke Shange

This past Saturday, Ntozake Shange, author of for colored girls...., died at the age of 70.  In tribute to her legacy, I wanted to share this piece as tribute to her, written in March 2015.   I was 24 at the time the piece was written.     I fell in love with the title.    I was… Continue reading for colored girls…. A Tribute To Ntozoke Shange

The Books

#BookToMovieTrailer – ‘Widows’

I must confess, this week's #BookToMovieTrailer is actually not a book to movie. But, it stands out because author Gillian Flynn (most noted for Gone Girl) co-wrote the screenplay with director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave).   Variety describes the film as "a labyrinthine heist story about a group of Chicago women who have to complete a robbery put in motion… Continue reading #BookToMovieTrailer – ‘Widows’

Adulting, Quotes, The Books, The Life

The Only Trick of Friendship

"'You won't understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are -- not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving -- and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to… Continue reading The Only Trick of Friendship

Graduate Life, The Life

A Fiction Girl in a Poetry World | Marginalia

Another one of my blogs is up on Columbia College Chicago's Marginalia blog! In an earlier post of mine entitled “Life, Magic, and the MFA,” I mentioned there being think-pieces on how Creative Writing programs may stifle creativity by forcing a growing writer to limit their art to within the self-imposed confines of a label. I also… Continue reading A Fiction Girl in a Poetry World | Marginalia

Graduate Life, The Life

Don’t Die in the Winter | Marginalia

Another of my blog's is up on Columbia College Chicago's Marginalia blog! In middle school, my mother let me read one of her books on spiritual/faith-based growth entitled Don’t Die in the Winter: Your Season is Coming. I can’t remember everything about it, but have since resonated with the basic gist—keep persevering, pressing through the hardships because better days… Continue reading Don’t Die in the Winter | Marginalia

Chronicles of a Christian, On Spirituality, The Life

A Bible Favorite: Jacob

When Tony Trigilio introduced author and professor Aviya Kushner (The Grammar of God) during a reading series event hosted by Columbia College Chicago's Department of Creative Writing in the fall, he recalled a question she'd once asked him. Who's your favorite prophet?"   Trigilio, the Chair of the Department of Creative Writing, said he was amazed… Continue reading A Bible Favorite: Jacob

Graduate Life, The Life

Catching My Breath

Unlike some schools, Columbia College Chicago's winter break lasts a really long time. This year's fall semester officially ended December 18 and the spring semester won't begin until January 25. A month. That's a pretty nice chunk of time. What does a second year graduate MFAer do? Read more of my latest post for Columbia College… Continue reading Catching My Breath

On Spirituality

The Bible & the Nerd

Recently (since September) I've begun growing spiritually.  What does that mean?  For me, it means transforming my faith (Christianity) from a noun into a verb which means actually reading my Bible daily and going to church regularly and praying/thinking of God more. This is, in part, due to my now attending a church that has… Continue reading The Bible & the Nerd