Category: Special Features 2022

Some Questions for Elias Bailey

What inspired you to write “Inseparable”? My inspiration for Inseparable is the loss of my mother and father so close together just prior to Covid. They stay on my mind constantly, and I’m sure they […]

Some Questions for Edernis Adames

What inspired you to write “Breaking the Mold”? Breaking the Mold was actually an assignment for English 101. We were asked to write a narrative about the turning points in our academic careers. I chose […]

Some Questions for Viviana Peña

What inspired you to write “The Birth”? I was inspired to write “The Birth” by an experience I had during labor. I realized while writing this story how deep the wounds were from my experience, […]

Some Questions for Arben Alovic

What inspired you to “Cherry Blossoms”? Call me a sucker for a love poem? In all reality, I’m really not a love poet. I can’t say I ever have been, but I wanted to capture […]

Some Questions for Alicia Evans

What inspired you to write “Love in Quarantine”? During COVID I thought about what happens now to the couples that were living as roommates. Now they are forced to spend time together, to speak to […]

Some Questions for Angelica I. Ayala

What inspired you to write “Sunlight”? My mental health journey inspired me to create this poem. With my partner by my side, it has definitely given me the motivation to step into sunlight instead of […]

Some Questions for Clare Kenefick

What inspired you to write “Polarized Politics”? I have been writing more poems again in the past year or so and I am the only one who usually gets to see them. One of my […]

Some Questions for Kiara Byrd

What inspired you to write “Blank”? I wrote this piece for my ENG271 course this semester, my Professor Carrie Conners thought that the poetry my class wrote at that point was really good and that […]

Some Questions for Marlin Muñoz

What inspired you to write “Song for My Beloved”? What inspired me to write the poem that was submitted in The Lit in Spring 2022 was the original poem of Diane Di Prima “Song for […]

Some Questions for Michael Ferrin

What inspired you to write “Paradise”? I had spent some time thinking about my relationship with my father, I guess more specifically, the relationship my siblings and I have with my father. It is a […]

Some Questions for Samantha Morgan

What inspired you to write “My First Funeral is Yours”? It was maybe my second or third Creative Writing class, which I’m currently taking at LaGuardia, when my professor asked that we “Write what we […]

Interview with Christopher Gonzalez

CHRISTOPHER GONZALEZ is a queer Puerto Rican writer living in New York. His collection, I’M NOT HUNGRY BUT I COULD EAT, follows the lives of messy and hunger-fueled bisexual Puerto Rican men who strive to […]

Interview with Ricardo Alberto Maldonado

RICARDO ALBERTO MALDONADO was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón and the recipient of fellowships from Cantomundo, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and […]