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 […]

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. […]

Not Your Mother’s Mediation

 I enjoy mediation. I think the artist’s position is often to mend the things we feel are broken. Whether that’s between two cultures or two thoughts. We’re always trying to reach, trying to expand something. —Singer/Poet K’naan For decades, great minds have been exploring ways to use mediation techniques to heal ailing institutions, faltering companies and […]

Transit Forward: Public transportation is a civil right.

Today’s post comes from NYWC volunteer Michele Gilliam, a community organizer, blogger and playwright who currently works at the Transport Workers Union Local 100 in the Political Action Department. Michele also is a co-founder of the Act Now Vote Campaign, a coalition of activists and artists from Southeast Queens that strives to civically engage minority […]

Education Is Our Right. Or Is It?

Adult literacy is a critical issue in our city, and in our nation. New York City is comprised of immigrants from all over the world. Immigrants are the heart of our city. English may be the primary language, but with more people from other countries, languages such as Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) are […]

Look Through Two Different Lenses

From an early age, I’ve always found photography to be an especially compelling art form. The whole process is just so cool: click a button, let the light in, stick the film in some chemicals, and voilá, you’ve got yourself a picture (well, a negative. Making prints is a bit more complicated). Photos have an amazing […]

Design your Mind

Conscious Consumerism. Ethical Consumption. Fair Trade. All are powerful ideas. They are goals toward which many of us strive. We intend to make responsible consumer decisions, but we struggle to decipher irresponsible corporations from those we can trust. We work to reduce our carbon footprint but the jungle of global capitalism is difficult to navigate. We […]

Invent Inadvertently Funny People

Full disclosure, you guys? I watched the entire first season of Louie in one sitting on Thursday night.  Listen, it isn’t my fault…There’s just something so compelling about that show. No regrets, just questions; I am currently trying to nail down why I so quickly developed a flesh-eating addiction to Louis CK’s surreal, twisted take […]

Stories We Tell Ourselves

The other night I went to see “Stories We Tell,” a much-praised autobiographical documentary by Canadian actor and filmmaker Sarah Polley. (Stop here if you plan to see it and haven’t already.)

International Day against Homophobia

Today, May 17th, is ‘International Day against Homophobia’.  It is an important day, as raising awareness and stigmatizing the stigma have proven to be valuable tools for advancing gay-rights issues, as well as a number of other social issues. ‘Homophobia’… What does that word actually mean?   We take it to mean ‘afraid of homosexuals’ or […]