Archives for November 2012

Friday 5: Be Inspired to Blog, Feel the Power of the Blog

Remember Julie Powell, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation cubicle worker in the aftermath 9/11, who cooked her way through Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Volume I, documented it on her blog The Julie/Julia Project, which later became the book Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, which […]

The Persian Poetry Project’s Book Launch

Readers of major Western media outlets are familiar with articles about Central and South Asian women that tell tales of oppressive patriarchal forces, violence, and offer one-dimensional portrayals of damsels in distress. Above all, the stories read in the West about the countries in these regions and the people therein are dominated by war and […]

Come support NYWC Writers Najaya and Tema at Poet-Linc and Girls Write Now!

Two of our most prolific young writers, Najaya Royal and Tema Regist, are participating in Poet-Linc this year. Poet-Linc is a poetry slam contest geared towards young writers from all five boroughs.

Poetry Review: Arisa White’s A Penny Saved: A Poetic Narrative of Domestic Abuse

For ten years, Polly Mitchell was imprisoned in her Nebraska home, abused and kept under lock and key by her obsessively jealous husband. Just two months into her marriage, Mitchell’s husband installed deadbolts on the doors of her home that locked from the outside, and soon after nailed the windows shut and covered them with […]

Wild Noses

The current issue of The Believer includes one of the last interviews with Maurice Sendak, the late, great writer and illustrator behind such iconic titles as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. Sendak died last year at the age of 83, and, up until his passing, he was still writing, illustrating, […]

Here I Am

Last week I came across an excellent essay by Stephen King about the use of imagery in writing called “Imagery and the Third Eye.” The essay–in which King writes that all 407 of his rules of writing  “will take care of themselves almost automatically if you will, from this point on, take two pledges: First, […]

Friday 5: Volunteering for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is next week, marking both the beginning of the holiday season and volunteer rush. Many people take the time during this period to give back to their communities which means places like food pantries and kitchens stop accepting volunteers weeks before the holiday. Now, with the fallout of Hurricane Sandy, there has never been […]

Shoptalk: Who’s Loving You Brooklyn? Brooklyn Still Loves Brooklyn in a Hurricane Sandy Relief

Brooklyn… when I had you, I treated you bad and wrong, my dear. And since, since you went away, don’t you know I sit around, with my head hanging down, and I wonder who’s loving you? Brooklyn is loving you Brooklyn and therefore last night,  November 13, 2012, the cultural organizations of Downtown Brooklyn which […]

Writing Blind

Yesterday, for perhaps the seventh or eighth time, I read Raymond Carver’s masterful story “Cathedral,” one of whose main characters is a blind man. This blind man, early on in the story, is an object of scorn to the story’s narrator. And the blind man’s blindness is an object of mockery. The reason for this […]

Brooklyn Loves Brooklyn: A Benefit for Hurricane Sandy Relief

In Hurricane Sandy’s wake, the remarkable demonstration of community support this disaster has stirred in New Yorkers is an undisputed bright spot in an otherwise devastating time. Community groups and individuals across all five boroughs have come together to give their time, energy, and money to aid in the healing process. In Brooklyn, we have […]