Little Artsy Girl in a Big World

Written by Chelsie Boyd. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. You’re going to write a poem about New York. It will be the first of many dreams you place on paper, words flowing together like music. The poem will be titled “Empire,” and you’ll read it to your elementary class about how you yearn to be in… Continue reading Little Artsy Girl in a Big World

Best Laid Plans

Written by Anna Claire Hodge. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. In the photo, I’m wearing unflattering overalls; my arms are thrust high in the air and light pours through the atrium of the dead mall. It’s not where I’d imagined spending our first anniversary, but my face was joyous and like a child’s. The movie Jide… Continue reading Best Laid Plans

Passport Perspective

Written by Chloe Lyden. Edited by Mara Strobel-Lanka. Over the past few years, I have developed a love for airplanes. Not the cramped, smelly, delayed situations, but the experience an airplane allows to its passengers. After countless flights in the past few years, I manage to get the same, proud, blissful feeling in every seat… Continue reading Passport Perspective

I Lost My Job in Pleather Leggings

In early February of this year, I got dressed for work the same way I did every day. I picked something comfortable and fun that reflected my style, because I worked in an exceptionally casual work environment. When I say casual, I mean that if I wore a blouse or heels to work it was… Continue reading I Lost My Job in Pleather Leggings

Hurts So Good: Discomfort & the Creative Process

Once, a friend who suffered from severe seasonal affective disorder described his autumn-induced depression as “seeing grey.” He was spot-on. Late last month,I spent two weeks living and working alongside dozens of other artists and writers in a compound in the tiny village of Johnson, Vermont. The first few days felt like living in a… Continue reading Hurts So Good: Discomfort & the Creative Process