In May I had the honor of being named the National Award Winner by City Works, the annual literary anthology published  by  San Diego City College. At a launch party and awards ceremony, I joined student winners and authors from both the college and the community in reading from our work.

My winning piece, a personal essay called “In the Balcony,” (linked here), is proof that everything in our lives is potential material, but past relationships can be a goldmine, allowing you to laugh at yourself and exact a bit of revenge if appropriate. Remember to take notes!

The journal itself is beautifully designed and produced by SDCC students. The artwork on this year’s cover includes an excerpt, in Spanish and English, from Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to Peace and Quiet”:

Nothing on earth lacks a voice:
when we close
our eyes
we hear
things that slither,
creatures that are growing,
the creaking
of unseen wood,
and then
the world,
earth, heavenly waters,

I’ll drink to that…