Favorite Reads of Summer 2019

“I Am The Ignition” by Diana Odasso The Rumpus | Nonfiction ” A few weeks before he was involuntarily committed—when we found out not who he was but rather who he was not—he was put on an additional cocktail of antipsychotics. My therapist now wondered: Had I considered schizophrenia, had I considered a slew of…

Fourth Grade: On Learning Confidence

Everyone from my mother to my great aunt to my soccer coach to my teachers hyped up my potential, and, I now believed, every one of them had lied. “Chase your dreams,” they told me. “You’re special.” No wonder I didn’t think the rules applied to me. I had a special sense of purpose on the inside. A feeling that maybe I was a bit better than the rest. That I could do no wrong. This failure shattered that illusion and sent the artist in me retreating inwards, lying in the fetal position deep in the back of my heart.

Sevilla Writers House Event Recap!

On Saturday, August 17, Sevilla Writers House traveled to Oakland, California, to host Home: A Prose and Poetry Reading, with Bay Area wonders Allie Marini, Brennan DeFrisco, Alex Simand, Vernon Keeve III, and Nazelah Jamison. The event was hosted by and featured a reading from Sevilla founder Lyndsay Hall.

On Writing: An Introduction to The Lit Flamingo

By Lyndsay Hall There’s an afternoon I attribute often to my becoming a writer, though it happened eighteen years after I started writing. I lived in a Miami Beach high-rise called The Flamingo with a man I wouldn’t recognize as pure trash for another month. The windows glowed teal over the harbor, and inside was…

Best of Summer Craft Advice for Writers

Why You Should Write About Your Characters at Work by Jason AllenI’m not sure what this says about me as a person—hopefully it says I’m not capitalism’s biggest fan, because true—but I have the hardest time imagining my characters at work. Isn’t work the least interesting thing about a person? In my mind, a character…