Orcs, Hobbits and Dragons

A torrent rain of black and silver metal plummets into the massive army of humanoid-beast, a great rush of screams, cries and roars pierce the night air. Thousands and thousands of blood-thirsty Orcs flood the slopes of the foothills, warring against the dwarves of the mountain. The short bearded-combatants battle back against the monstrosities with […]

Would the Real St. Nick Please Stand Up?

                    St. Nicholas has become quite the celebrity since being associated with Santa Claus but who he really was still remains somewhat of a mystery to most. Santa and St. Nick are actually pretty different from each other besides an association with children and a beard. […]

Enter a Jurassic World of Imagination

The bleach-white sun glows through the windows and into the enormous dwelling of real-life behemoths. We have entered the popular dinosaur exhibit located on Level 4 of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This enormous space is home to a world that existed 65 million years ago. For over 135 million years, dinosaurs […]

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 […]

Friday 5: Five ways to be a Better Friend

Today’s Friday 5 comes from Jessica Cohen, our  contributor and a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she double-majors in political science and Spanish. Jessica is an avid writer, and her poetry and essays focus on examinations of the human condition, the intricacies of life, and the fulfillment of human happiness. Through her […]

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 […]

Friday 5: Pumpkin Fails

While fall doesn’t officially arrive until Sunday the consumer in us all has been awakened with the early arrival of a pumpkin infused fall. Yes, it’s that time of year again folks, get ready because pumpkin flavored everything is coming to town. Whether you’re obsessed, nauseated, or a little unsure as to who decided pumpkin and […]

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. […]

Separate but (un)Equal

Back to School!  That sweet September sight of brand new backpacks, fresh haircuts, and packed yellow buses.  Breathe it in – it’s an exciting time!  Full of possibilities, ambitions, and unbridled potential. For whites. While acknowledging that racial equality has made substantial progress in the 50 years since MLK made his ‘I Have a Dream’ […]