Is There Even Turkey?

Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” has become the iconic image of the American Thanksgiving but how has that image changed since the painting was first published in 1943? In a college class I took, we had to analyze this painting and discuss how the image would be different if it was part of a government […]

I Feel Their Pain

One of our workshop participants, Allan Yashin, is having his play performed over the Thanksgiving weekend. Mr. Yashin has been working on his plays during our NYWC workshop at the 14th Street Y. He said “… [the] first time I wrote about them [the main characters] was nearly five years ago during a Writers Coalition […]

Leave Your Mark (Without Getting Paint On Your Fingers)

To the disappointment of graffiti enthusiasts everywhere, it was announced in October that 5 Pointz, a longstanding graffiti art community in Queens, will be demolished and replaced with high-rise apartments. The Huffington Post calls the brightly-painted building complex “a veritable museum of New York’s graffiti culture,” and the 5 Pointz official website boasts that the […]

Good Poet, Bad Father

If you are brilliant poet and translator, knighted by the King of Spain, does it matter that you screwed up your relationship with your kids?  If you screwed up your relationship with your kids, does it matter that you are a brilliant poet and translator, knighted by the King of Spain? Those are some of […]

My Notorious Life: a Q & A with Kate Manning

Kate Manning’s My Notorious Life, is a “big, fat, fierce” historical novel loosely based on the trials and triumphs of a midwife and abortionist in 19th century New York. Amazon chose the book as a September “Editors’ Pick,” calling it “compelling, assured and irresistible.” Kate Manning spoke to the Narrator about her process of creation. […]

Carnival Time in Brooklyn

Every Labor Day, the annual West Indian Carnival parade draws millions of spectators and revelers to Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn to watch Caribbean-New Yorkers celebrate their vibrant culture with floats, brilliantly costumed masqueraders, stilt dancers, and bands. Although the parade is hardly an under-the-radar event, plenty of pre-Carnival festivities are equally interesting and much less […]

Open with Track One

I grew up listening to CDs, mostly carrying only one of them on me at a time, so the importance of an album telling a story was not lost. You listened to one CD, and you listened to it in order. All the music in the world in the palm of my hand? Please. Long […]

Put Some Rhythm In Your Writing

This summer I interned at Zumic, a music news and media website based in Brooklyn, and it was hands down the best job I’ve ever had. Why, you ask? Because I spent my workdays listening to music and writing about what I heard. What could be more relaxing and interesting than that? I enjoyed it […]

NYWC Summer Youth Workshops: What If You Were Big?

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 […]

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 […]