🍒 Stay Healthy Read Tart Magazine! đźŤ’

Tart Magazine cover

Hi everyone! I know I hardly post anymore, but I wanted to direct attention to a project of mine, Tart Magazine. I, along with a few other women, published an issue of our new literary magazine late last year, and it is now on sale for $15. A portion of all sales ($5) will be donated to Bed Stuy Strong and One Fair Wage Emergency Fund to help New Yorkers who are affected by the coronavirus layoffs and pay cuts.

While we do not have a set date for issue two, even though it will certainly come in the near future, we are currently publishing a weekly newsletter featuring the creatives of the world. We don’t want to be too corona-forward, but we are dealing with topics closely related to the pandemic at hand. This month’s newsletters discuss the theme of intimacy. Our first newsletter was published on Tuesday, April 7, and they will be published each Tuesday going forward. To subscribe, click here.  We are taking submissions on the current topic until April 22; send finished work and a short bio to tartmgzn@gmail.com. We will be coming out with a new topic each month, so stay tuned!

Our statement:

Tart magazine technically began with a Facebook post in January 2017. Alicia Tan wanted to know if anyone would form a creative writing workshop with her—all storytellers were welcome. Co-workers, friends, and friends of friends gathered in Brooklyn to puzzle out the roughest, dearest, most personal parts of our creative selves.

For two years, Chloe Bryan, Kathryn Cardin, Kendyl Kearly, Vicky Leta, Cailey Rizzo, and Alicia met to lend books, share articles, and confer on everything from Alison Bechdel to the Grimes/Musk coupling. Over pizza and several bottles of rosé per night, we challenged each other, braced criticism, suffered through online prompts, occasionally were inspired by said online prompts and, eventually, got a little better.

After some time, we had a stockpile of stories to share and poems we’d reread enough to know by heart. They needed a home, one that didn’t necessarily include a university or far-off judges. Despite their dissimilarity, it felt fitting that our stories should live in the same unruly space to conflict with and complement each other. And we thought other New York writers and artists might like the same chance.

We founded Tart with the intention of offering a New York-based medium for as many voices as we could fit in, particularly those that are often marginalized. We also hope to make space—through events, workshops, partnerships with local nonprofits, and more—for those looking for community and inclusion, particularly in a city where those things can feel hard-won. We’d love to welcome you into the Tart world. Go ahead—all storytellers welcome.

Pink Pangea: Choosing to Stay Young in Iceland

I had an article published on Pink Pangea about a trip I took to  Iceland with my aunt and her friends, and how it changed my views on aging. Below is a short excerpt and a link to the full story. Enjoy!

Nancy shivered, pulled off her wet bathing suit and quickly put her jeans on over her still-damp skin. Her teeth chattered as she smiled. “This is how you stay young,” she said.

I was always scared of aging. The years I spent in college were tainted with death. Continue reading…

Alec Baldwin Speaks on Life’s Ups & Downs at BAM

This past weekend, Alec Baldwin had an especially busy schedule in New York City.

On Saturday, he reprised his role as President Donald Trump and introduced viewers to his first stab at Bill O’Reilly on “Saturday Night Live,” a show that he has hosted a record 17 times. On Sunday, he appeared in conversation with Anna Sale as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) and Greenlight Bookstore’s “Unbound” series, where he discussed the ups and downs of his life and his newly released book “Nevertheless: A Memoir.”
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I have tasted chocolate cake. I have tasted it sliding off my metal fork across my teeth onto my tongue and down my throat into my belly. Too sweet and chewy and dangerous. I have tasted it come back up my esophagus, into my mouth — bitter and slimy — and watched it fall into the toilet. I have tasted it off of my hand wiping my face. I have tasted it in my nose, blown out into a tissue. Continue reading

“How many women wrote beautiful novels and stories and poems and essays and plays and scripts and songs in spite of all the crap they endured. How many of them didn’t collapse in a heap of ‘I could have been better than this’ and instead went right ahead and became better than anyone would have predicted or allowed them to be. The unifying theme is resilience and faith. The unifying theme is being a warrior and a motherfucker. It is not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve. And ‘if your Nerve, deny you –,’ as Emily Dickinson wrote, ‘go above your Nerve.’ Writing is hard for every last one of us — straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”

— Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

Pink Pangea: Edinburgh, Scotland — The Nature Lover’s Guide


Royal Botanic Garden– Edinburgh

I recently had a story published on Pink Pangea, a travel website that calls itself “a community for women who love to travel.” I have gone on a writing retreat in Costa Rica and attended a writing workshop in Brooklyn both hosted by Pink Pangea and thoroughly enjoyed them! Here is a short excerpt from my piece, the rest can be found at http://www.pinkpangea.com/.

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The History and Future of Beer in Brooklyn

The history of Brooklyn’s relationship with beer is complicated to say the least. Once one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of beer at the turn of the 20th century, after Prohibition ended very few breweries reopened their doors and from 1976 to 1996 there were exactly zero breweries in the borough. However, the past is the past, and since the blossoming of more and more breweries in the early 2000s, Brooklyn is once again a beer capital of the nation. Continue reading