The Writer’s Garret and… zines!

I had an awesome time at The Writer’s Garret open house yesterday!

Yes, but you may be wondering…

  1. what exactly is the Writer’s Garret?

The Writer’s Garret is a non-profit org in Dallas- you can read about their mission and goals here .

2.  … and what was I (and what will I be) doing there?

I am participating in a program called CAMP, which means I will be hanging out with a bunch of aspiring writer folk and working on my writing. The most epic part is that I pay for some of my tuition through work-exchange (because, you know… student loans and college are coming…), so I will also get to learn about non-profit organizations more generally and potentially teach creative writing to the K-12 population!

I got to hear some writers talk about the classes that they are teaching this semester at the organization and share some of their writing.

And I also got started on a zine.   🙂

the cover of my zine
the cover of my zine








and speaking of zines…

@RookieMag: more about zines and make your own zine

pages from another zine I’m working on…




What I’m Reading No. 1

Hi friends! Here are some books that I’ve been reading the past few weeks of my gap year (and that I think you should read too).

I had only read an essay or two of David Sedaris’ until I picked up Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Sedaris conveys his earnest, dry sense of humor and singular voice with ease in every essay. I found myself laughing a lot, particularly as he recounts ending a book tour at Costco, picking up litter in the English countryside, the trip to a taxidermist, and his transcendent colonoscopy experience.

Thank you to the moon and back for sending me some lovely comics, Boom Studios! Adventure Time was rad, but I found Giant Days relatable and relevant. Giant Days follows three roommates, each impeccably fleshed out into very believable and distinct characters, who have just started their first year at university.giant-days

Mary Oliver’s crisp, well-written Poetry Handbook is a quick but crucial read for both writers and readers of poetry. I loved the chapter on sound, where she presents us with a Frost poem. I don’t know how to explain it, but this book, and the chapter on sound in particular, opened my ears and my imagination to reading and understanding poems at a much deeper level, and in a more emotionally-intellectually cohesive way.a-poetry-handbook-oliver

I seriously love poet/farmer Wendell Berry’s poetry. It is accessible and engaging. It can be loud and argumentative, but it can be emotive and pastoral too. This Day is a collection of poems that Berry wrote on Sundays at his farm. I always leave this book with lingering questions and lines of poetry that refuse to leave my head.this-day-wendell-berry

The Best American Essays of the Century really does contain some of the best. I most recently read James Baldwin’s essay Notes of a Native Son, where Baldwin seeks to reconcile his feelings for his dead father with whom he did not have a positive relationship. I love the way that Baldwin attempts to make sense of his father-son narrative by exploring both his and his father’s places in

and finally… Neal Shusterman’s National Book Award-winner Challenger Deep now sits high up on my list of favorite YA titles (next to The Book Thief). Shusterman deftly utilizes a unique plot structure that helps the reader empathize with and understand protagonist Caden’s relationship to his mental illness. Definitely an important read.challenger-deep-shusterman

ways to tell a story II

Here is a found poem that I created using images and words from old issues of The New Yorker and Time. My goal was to create a poem that strove not to convey a new idea, but to express an existing, recurring narrative that I keep encountering in the articles, in the news, and in history.

ways to tell a story

So far on my gap year, aside from running, reading, and playing violin, I have been working on my writing.

I love exploring different ways to tell stories (whether it be in the form of a blackout poem, play, or personal narrative, and so on). Here is one from a few years ago that I’ve told using visual narrative:img_0658img_0659img_0660fullsizerender-copy-2fullsizerender-copy-3fullsizerender-copy-4fullsizerender-copy-5fullsizerender-copy-7fullsizerender-copy-6fullsizerender-copy-8fullsizerender-copy-9