Of Asphalt and Earth

Cristina cannot remember a time when she didn’t feel out of place in spite of being a successful writer and college professor. Her perception of herself and her place begins to change as her grandmother, Nonna Anna, shares her own story of escaping Nazi occupation, uprooting herself from her beloved central Italian mountain village and her struggling to find her place in her new world while attempting to hold her family together. In her nonna’s life Cristina finds the wisdom to appreciate that storia is more than story and summons the courage to take her place in her own storia.


This chapter won the 2010 International Arts Movement Juried Fiction Comptition



Art is Fundamental
A review of the solo gallery show Ambos Mundos by Raúl Villarreal on the campus of Passaic County Community College.


I Can't Blame This on Being Drunk

In this flash fiction piece a college student contemplates the events that led up to a one night stand with her professor.

This won the first annual WestConn MFA Flash Fiction Slam.


Hard-Earned Hope

In this short essay Claudine examines the impact a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder has on her family and finds comfort in the memoir of another parent, Hurry Down Sunshine.

This originally appeared in Curator Magazine.