How to Leave Home

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How to Leave Home Pretend the section 8 apartment your mother fought to put over your head is no longer enough. You grown, you gotta go. Fill the apartment you’ll always call home to the brim with memories that threaten. Like the scrapping of innocence, the belt whippings, the fist fights with your sister, the [….]

Little Dominican Republic

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Little Dominican Republic Elected officials, community leaders and activist designated Washington Heights as “Little Dominican Republic.” They took a lot of photos.  “WaHI” Anytime I describe or explain Washington Heights and Inwood, I’m pretending I know what I’m talking about. On the surface this is what Washington Heights and Inwood looks like: Some businesses are [….]

Free from the Peine

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My motherA Taino queen from Puerto RicoWith the fairest skin andSilky jet black hair that flowslike a raven through the skyHer fingers able to caress every strandwith a simple stroke andevery piece falls backexactly as it once waswithout any evidenceLittle did she did she knowshe would birth a young Latinx queenwith a head full of [….]

You are probably a Crackhead

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You are probably a Crackhead “Are you a crackhead?”If you are presently in the dating pool or are a serial-monogamist, you might be a crackhead. Before I explain, let’s consider the first lines of these classic novels. “When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a [….]

Fernandito y La Verguenza

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Fernandito y la Verguenza 1. Lo Sagrado y La Vergüenza 2. La canción «Compañera» de Fernandito Villalona siempre me ha encantado por lo obvio; la voz del Mayimbe, la composición y las letras. La voz y la composición funcionan como el sol alumbrando las palabras. Y las palabras, bajo la luz, se oyen claramente haciendo sombras [….]

Thank You Letter To Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

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Dear Prisca, For the past few days, restlessness has overcome me and I now know that it is time for me to start spilling; I can no longer balance this hurt in my body. Your writing has helped me shift into a phase of healing that brought a certainty that I would be back. I [….]

Motorcyle Rides

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Motorcycle Rides Cheers to the greatest love story never toldThe Gringa and RubirosaThe Nuyorquina and her CampesinoThe spark that would exist between ‘el cruze’ and the Southside of BrooklynIt was disaster and perfection all at the same timeJust like, summa’ sweat on a Christmas nightWith the smell of Brugal Extra Viejo, sex and cheap cologneOld [….]

Should you pursue an MFA?

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What is an MFA in writing?An MFA is an abbreviation for Master of Fine Arts, a graduate-level degree that focuses on creative studies. There are several types of MFA degrees, including creative writing, art, drama, and photography.A Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) is a graduate degree that typically requires two to three years of post [….]

#37 Free Online Writing Courses

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There are many free online writing courses and resources available to fine tune your writing skills and share your stories with the world. The following list of courses have all been created by top Universities and are available to take online, at your own pace, completely for free! Find the ones that are relevant to you and start brushing up on your writing skills today.

Promoting Before and after self-publishing

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Many of you have asked how to market and promote your book prior to and after self publishing. Below are some suggestions that have worked for our authors. Before Set up an Author central https://authorcentral.amazon.com/ Set up ore order via Amazon http://ericvanderhope.com/how-to-set-up-pre-orders-on-amazon-for-print-books/ Create a raffle to give away free copies Create a spreadsheet to record [….]