Dear Reader, This week was the first week of classes and I started teaching on a new campus, my old college. It has been a beyond surreal experience. The first day was filled with so many memories. The classroom I teach in is the same classroom I learned in. I ran into my first creative … Continue reading You can go home again
Dear Reader, Today, I am dreaming of Miami. It's been nearly six months since I last stepped foot in that town and it changed my life. That was when I felt something break inside of me and a shift happen. There was bound to be change. That was June 26. It wasn't even … Continue reading How the worst time of my life became the best
Dear Reader, One of the most eye-opening experiences about teaching college students in Houston is the international feel of the classroom. In my English classes, I have students from countries in Africa (too many to name) Iran, India, South Korea, China, Haiti, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Colombia. These students are from these countries. First generation. … Continue reading When the N word doesn’t make sense
Dear Reader, Sometimes being Afro-Latina comes with stomaching the obvious -- being left out of the narrative. I tried to avoid the HBO documentary Latin Explosion because I already knew what it was going to be, a celebration of Latino achievement in America. And it should be celebrated -- Rita Moreno, Jose Feliciano -- their very … Continue reading That Latin Explosion documentary…incomplete
Dear Reader, I am exhausted and with good reason. On Wednesday night, I was part of an amazing livestreamed reading. Culture, Love, and Identity: An Afro-Latina Reading. It was amazing and just knocked my socks off. You know when you work on something for so long and you don't know how it's going … Continue reading The best night of literature and words
Dear Reader, Today, I'm thinking about community. On a day where most of the country is voting on local elections, it's not a bad topic to think about. What is a community? How does one form? How does it govern itself for its collective goal? Since coming back from the Afro-Latina Writer's Retreat, I think … Continue reading Can you create a community that’s been there all along?
Dear Reader, The rain in Houston today was a chance to do something I hadn't done in a long time, write something different. I'm in the middle of a revamp for Jennie Manning. Lots of good stuff there and lots coming from workshopping. But today, I wanted to revisit something I began to write a … Continue reading When writing the truth is a good thing
Have I ever told you that I’m a HUGE fan of Accidental Creative? I love the podcast hosted by Todd Henry. He’s essentially the Jedi Master of creativity and flow and how to have a creative team. His podcasts are inspirational if you’re a creative in any capacity. I know it’s inspired me when I’ve … Continue reading Keeping the faith when everything goes wrong
Dear Reader, It's a beautiful fall like mid-morning in North Texas and sitting behind this keyboard while listening to relaxing music is heaven. I haven't felt this good in a long time. It's been a while since I've written and updated you on my goings-on. It's been a rocky four months in my writing life … Continue reading Dear Reader: Lessons learned while not writing
I stumbled upon a video this week of Kurt Vonngenut's words being read by Benedict Cumberbatch. This event happened at England's Hay Festival. From what I can tell, it's a festival about all things awesome, including literary things. This letter was addressed to someone who censored one of the writer's books. It was not only … Continue reading Dear Reader: What is the legacy of words?