Archives for January 2013

Step Inside the Human Library

Step onto any train car in the New York City subway system, and you might be struck by the feeling that you are surrounded by untold stories. A man leans forward, pressing wrinkled hands to his forehead in exhaustion. Two teenagers whisper, tease, and flirt. Tired parents tend to wailing kids. Musicians strum, wail, and […]

Making the Trees Shiver in a Three Stars Garden Book Fair

Tristan and Pascale Leone, two of our youngest and brightest stars from NYWC’s Ridge Kids workshop, will be speaking to 4th graders at Community Roots Charter School & PS 67’s Book fair in Brooklyn, NY on February 4. There they will read their work aloud and talk with students along with NYWC staff about the […]

Claiming Victory: An interview with artist George Spencer

I met the Brooklyn based artist George Spencer last year when he donated a painting as a raffle prize at our Red and Black Party.  I was immediately drawn to the piece he contributed: an almost ghost-like boxer raising his gloved hand.  I learned that all his paintings were of boxers (pugilists, not dogs nor […]

The Upside of Survival Book Launch Showcases Workshop Talent

Monday marked the launch of NYWC’s newest publication, The Upside of Survival. Writing for this chapbook came from our workshop with the CenterLight Adult Day Health Care Program in Crown Heights, Brooklyn lead by workshop leader Kimberly Shelby-Szyszko. The book includes poetry, prose, and illustrations collected over the course of a year from the ten […]

Breaking Down Barriers

Today’s writing prompt comes from Michael Charboneau, a sophomore at Fordham University in the Bronx, where he studies English and photography. He has contributed poetry and photography to Fordham’s literary magazine, The Ampersand, as well as serving as its secretary and copy editor. He has also written articles for Fordham’s student newspaper, The Ram. He hopes to find a career […]

Friday 5: Children’s Books…In Praise of Bad Children

Today’s Friday 5 comes from author Ann Banks, who has reviewed children’s books for the New York Times and Parents magazines. Ann has published seven books for children. Her journalism has appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, some of which are still in existence. She serves on the boards of the Writer’s Room, City Lore, and […]

Mental Illness & Gun Control: An Unconfirmed Diagnosis

Today’s editorial on mental illness and gun control comes from ESL teacher and freelance writer Dara K. Fulton. She writes for  and attends University of California’s School of Social Work. Read more of Dara’s work at Dara’s Creative Corner. The shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT will stay with us for years […]

Photographs That Go Inside America’s Troubled Juvenile Justice System

Right now, there are over 70,000 kids behind bars in the United States, some of whom are serving time for crimes committed when they were as young as 12 years old. 33 of our states set no age limit for criminal responsibility, meaning that alarmingly young kids can be tried in criminal court, and the […]

Ike Turner and Legacy: What’s love got to do with it?

Today’s bit of “rogue commentary” comes from  writer and radio host Amanda Nazario of The Weeklings. Read more of her work here. Here is how the fight started: “I Idolize You,” by Ike and Tina Turner, came on inside the bar, a place where we were lingering longer than our friends because it was raining out […]

It Happened to Me: 4 Nonfiction Essays to Inspire You to Write Your Own

Jane Pratt’s website, XoJane gains a lot of traffic for its honest  content that a significant population of its readership can identify with. The website isn’t your typical ‘ladyblog’ with their topics ranging from advice on “how to deal with winter snot” in their beauty section, to less lofty articles on topics like substance abuse and mental illness. More […]