Mirror Reflections

May 2nd, 2020 Essays awalls 1 min read

Published in Ignatian Literary Magazine, Vol. 32, Spring 2020 (Excerpt:) When I was four, my Chinese mother had high hopes for me to become a ballerina; her inspiration at the time had been the Rockettes. Eventually this would be one of many letdowns. For many girls, ballet was a rite of passage, a chapter marked by pink tights and fluffy tutus. It turned out different for…

Decline/Accept

Mar 28th, 2018 Essays awalls 1 min read

Published in Carve Magazine, Spring 2018 (Premium Print Edition) An Essay About Rejection and a Writer’s Intuition We declined it. They accepted it. We invite comments from the author, Carve’s reading committee, and the publisher who accepted it to find out why. “Not all questions have to be answered within a short story. This moment was the most perfect reminder of how important it is to trust your…