Welcome to The Truth
Welcome to The Truth, the LASC English Department’s online publication of creative writing by the students, staff, and faculty of Los Angeles Southwest College. Your contributions and/or comments are welcome! See below for contact info and submission details.
Table of Contents
Patricia Kindred, "After the Monroe House Burned Down, It Rained!"; "The Remark"; "Facade"; "Bushman's Stew"; "A Miracle Happened in My Kitchen"; "Except for the Fact" (Poems)
David Perez, "Out By Yourself"; "The Sparrow Flies" (Poems)
Helen MacGregor, “The Unfinished Game” (Short Story)
Tonna Hall, “What’s Going On” (Poem)
Sherita Howard, “A Cup for the Road” (Short Story)
Jason Deville, "Sublimely" and "Departing Day" (Poems)
Shana Smith, "Through the Eyes of Mommy" (Short Story)
Niemah, "Misplaced Trust" (Poem)
John Moore, “First Time I Fell in Love” (Poem)
Robert DeFrance, “The Service” (Short Story)
Niemah, "Through a Child's Eyes" (Poem)
KaShauna Davis, “Where Is Life Leading Our Black Women in Society Today?” (Rant)
Lynwood Young, “Untitled” (Poem)
Anita Reyes, “9/6/08” and “9/3/08” (Poems)
Gevon Lisk, "The Rejected Cheerleader" (Poem)
Niemah, “Girls and Bois” (Poem)
Veronica WoodsCrite, “I Love Being a Black Woman” (Poem)
Patricia Kindred, "I Remember Emmett Till" (Short Story)
Robert DeFrance, “Writers Can’t Teach and Teachers Can’t Write” (Short Story)
Quandi Jackson, Truth Disguised (Novel Excerpt)
Your Comments: A place to leave comments. Yep, and it's still blank. Left you speechless, eh? Maybe if I write something there, it will provoke a response.
Poetry Collective: Information about LASC's Poetry Collective, a group of students and faculty dedicated to writing poetry and planning events
The Truth's Blog: Some notes about this site, updates, forthcoming features. Really exciting stuff unless you aren't me.
Usage Policy: Long legal diatribe that discusses copyright and publication policies. Utterly fascinating work.
Taalam Acey: Our featured guest speaker at Say The Word 2009, Taalam was dynamic, funny, deep and always riveting. His spoken word performances are tours-de-force of the art form. On this page, for now, is some YouTube stuff with him on it, plus links to his website & blog in case you didn't get a chance to get his book directly from him, like me. With an autograph and "Thanks for inviting me here. I really enjoyed this!" Taalam is really devoted to promoting literacy through spoken word; he, in fact, paid for his own plane ticket from Baltimore just to be a part of Say The Word. And in talking to him, he really cares about his work and sees it as a positive social force.
Wanda Coleman: Hugely famous poet who was the featured guest speaker at Say The Word 2008. This page has a few pictures, reviews of her work, and some links to stuff she has online. Plus, a few notes on the writing tips she gave me.
Danny Boy Herrera: Guest Speaker on campus February 26, 2009; here is an excerpt from his novel, Mi Revolucion, and links to his home page; (forthcoming) we will have some pictures from the event as well as video of LASC students reading excerpts from his work and the discussion that followed.
Michael McCarty: Michael visited a Creative Writing Class and the Cox Library Art Gallery on March 17, 2009, and shared many funny, insightful, deep, and personal stories with us. A former Black Panther, Michael has been profiled and had his life ruined by the FBI (Yeah, you missed that story!), but now makes a living traveling around the world and telling stories in the griot tradition, keeping the oral tradition of storytelling alive. On this page, there's a You Tube video of one of the stories he told the Creative Writing class, and links to his page and a storyteller network. I had no freaking idea storytelling was such a popular art form. We need a storytelling group on campus. Who's down for that?
Video Poetry: A few You Tube videos and some audio excerpts that we thought were interesting: William Burroughs (one of my favorite authors) discusses writing; Bridget Gray (A righteous Spoken Word piece called "My Letter to Hip Hop"); Adriane Harjo & Rose Solari reading their stuff; more to come.
Links: Our growing collection of links to writing sites and other noteworthy sites of interest.
Say The Word: Information on the English Department's largest and most popular annual event.
Poetry Slam 2008: (forthcoming) This video of the 2008 Say the Word Poetry Slam was filmed and edited by C. Buggage. Thank her when you see her. Our students performances were spectacular: check it out.
Writing Contests: Postings on writing contests which you can enter.
Warning: This site contains words or language that may be considered profane, vulgar or offensive by some readers. Many stories contain frank discussion of controversial topics. Some subjects that are discussed have criminal applications in some jurisdictions. Others contain information on dangerous or otherwise risky activities. At the Truth, we support students' right to freedom of expression and do not censor submissions on any basis; however, the opinions expressed herein reflect the points of view of the individual authors, not the opinion of Los Angeles Southwest College.
Submissions are always welcome. The Truth is published to celebrate the literature and poetry of Los Angeles Southwest College. Writing by staff, students, and faculty are accepted; feel free to suggest a link for our links page or some audio or video poetry online for our Audio/ Video Poetry page. To submit your work, please email your name and work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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