Archives for August 2013

The California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike, Day 40

“We are not in search of death; we are looking for real life”  – Tiananmen Square Hunger Strike Declaration, 1989 In an eight by ten foot cell in California, Todd Ashker is starving. He hasn’t eaten in nearly six weeks, and his body has begun to lose muscle mass. Exhaustion has set in, and his organ […]

Combine Two Words

Of all the ways one can go about playing with the English Language, conjuring up an original Portmanteau has to be one of the most satisfying. Take, for example, the word “smog”, a combination of “smoke” and “fog.” Before you know it, you’re seeing these double-words everywhere, coming up with them all the time, and […]

Young Migrants: Reflect On A Childhood Journey

Happy International Youth Day, everyone! The holiday, which draws attention to issues affecting young people around the globe, is now entering its thirteenth year since its creation in December 1999. This year’s theme centers around “youth migration.” Although often overlooked because of their age, there are plenty of young migrants out there: about 27 million […]

NYWC Summer Youth Workshops: The Guns of War

Welcome to NYWC’s Fort Greene Park Summer Writing Series, featuring the powerful poetry and prose from writers age 6 to 17. Every Saturday morning, young people have gathered in Fort Greene Park to participate in NYWC’s free writing workshops for youth. At the end of the summer, we hope you’ll join us  for the 9th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary […]

Theater Review: Then She Fell shows the dangers of Wonderland

As the lights come up at the end of Then She Fell, a two-hour theatrical tumble into the world of Alice in Wonderland, I find myself sitting alone in a large room at the head of a long table with a lukewarm cup of tea before me and some scraps of paper clutched in my […]

NYWC Summer Youth Workshops: Choose Your Own Adventure

Welcome to NYWC’s Fort Greene Park Summer Writing Series, featuring the powerful poetry and prose from writers age 6 to 17. Every Saturday morning, young people have gathered in Fort Greene Park to participate in NYWC’s free writing workshops for youth. At the end of the summer, we hope you’ll join us  for the 9th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary […]

Not Your Mother’s Mediation

 I enjoy mediation. I think the artist’s position is often to mend the things we feel are broken. Whether that’s between two cultures or two thoughts. We’re always trying to reach, trying to expand something. —Singer/Poet K’naan For decades, great minds have been exploring ways to use mediation techniques to heal ailing institutions, faltering companies and […]

Take a Deep Breath

In Coaching the Artist Within, Eric Maisel explains: “[…] you must learn how to achieve a calm, centered presence even though you are feeling scattered, rushed, worried, depressed, anxious, or otherwise off-kilter. How can you pull off this feat? One way is by learning the technique I’m presenting in this chapter, which I call the […]

Lead a Workshop

There were many tense and agitated dinners during our family vacation this summer. After one of them, I found myself herding my father and three sisters into the living room for a New York Writers Coalition-Style writing workshop. I mean, out of the five of us, three of us were pouting, and the other two […]

NYWC Summer Youth Workshops: Broken Occupation

Welcome to NYWC’s Fort Greene Park Summer Writing Series, featuring the powerful poetry and prose from writers age 6 to 17. Every Saturday morning, young people have gathered in Fort Greene Park to participate in NYWC’s free writing workshops for youth. At the end of the summer, we hope you’ll join us  for the 9th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary […]