Archives for August 2013

Dangers of Traveling While Female

Today’s post comes from Tara Isabella Burton. Her essays, reviews, and travel writing can be found at the Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Statesman, Salon, Guernica, The Rumpus, Conde Nast Traveller, and many other places. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Arc, Shimmer, The Dr TJ Eckleburg Review, and more. She is the winner of The Spectator‘s 2012 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for travel writing and the author of the novel A […]

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 […]

Ride the Freytag-Coaster

In sixth grade, I was given a handout of a stick figure on a roller coaster (Oh, English Teachers.) The bell curve of the roller coaster was labeled with five stages: the start of the ride was the “exposition,” the inclined slope was the “rising action,” the peak of the bell curve was the “climax,” […]

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 […]

Friday 5: Lessons in Panama

We all want to change the world, make our mark, achieve our goals, and of course, succeed at it, and yet, not everyone pursues such a path.  However, for some, the path to that is focusing their time and energy on manifesting social change/projects. This summer, I set out to join two friends on an […]

Trek local. Trek light.

Several years ago, my family and I traveled to the United Republic of Tanzania, that magnificent country in east Africa. The trip was proposed by my cousin and her husband while they were training nurses in Uganda. They planned to hike Mount Kilimanjaro and safari the Serengeti before traveling back to the States and invited […]

Friday 5: What I Learned from Fort Greene Park

It’s been a joy to wake up on Saturday mornings and take the train to Brooklyn, where I volunteer as a workshop assistant for the Fort Greene Park Summer Youth Workshops. As a young writer myself, I try to look for new ways to experience the world. Who would have thought I’d learn so much […]

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 […]

Write The Black Dog

Winston Churchill had a dark side: “I don’t like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through. I like to stand right back and if possible get a pillar between me and the train. I don’t like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into […]

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 […]