The Women’s Center Monologues: Volume II
(From the Back Cover): “Our founding mother Karen Perkins always talked about how: The outstretched hand always yields better results than the closed fist.” ~ Becka, The Women’s Center
This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Women’s Center of Tarrant County. In celebration, our second volume of The Women’s Center Monologues presents interviews conducted by the eleven40seven staff with staff members from The Women’s Center of Tarrant County who reflected on how the center has changed over the years, as well as looking ahead to its future. This is the second of what we hope to be many community-based chapbooks, giving voice to and raising awareness of important nonprofit organizations in the DFW community.
1st Place Winner: The Transitory Plane by Macy Davis (Kansas State University)
Macy Davis is a senior studying English at Kansas State University. She also competes on the nationally-ranked K-State speech team. Macy splits her time between Manhattan, Kansas and Pinewood Springs, Colorado but is looking forward to moving to a new part of the country to pursue a graduate degree in library science this fall. Her heart is always at home in Scott City, Kansas. She has forthcoming work in “Touchstone” and the “I-70 Review.”
2nd Place Winner: Nouns of Assemblage by Jenny Wang (Rice University)
[This work], originally written for a creative nonfiction writing class, includes two essays investigating themes of loss, body ownership, self-objectification, and cultural tensions in my specific Chinese immigrant community. The title, Nouns of Assemblage, comes from the fact that at its simplest, a portfolio is a collection of essays (“For Joy” and “Colonial Skin”). In the same way, an essay is a collection of words. We are surrounded by other collections—other things that compile to form meanings and significance greater than the sum of their parts. We are surrounded by nouns of assemblage.
The Women’s Center Monologues
(From the back cover) “This is a determined agency to make change, and they’re involved in all aspects of the community with the homeless, employment, education, rape crisis victim services, and they are responsive. When somebody needs something, this agency comes through.” ~ Teresi, Volunteer at The Women’s Center
The Women’s Center Monologues presents interviews conducted by the eleven40seven staff with volunteer and staff from the Women’s Center of Tarrant County. It is our first of what we hope to be many community-based chapbooks, giving voice to and raising awareness of important members of the DFW community.
1st Place Winner: This is Not an Act of Creation by Danielle Kotrla (University of North Texas)
(From the back cover) Danielle Kotrla is a creative writing and philosophy major at the University of North Texas. Her academic interests involve everything from deductive logic to philosophical poetry, and, in the future, she plans to continue pursuing knowledge about both. Her free time is spent cuddling her three dogs and watching cooking shows with her boyfriend.
“This is Not an Act of Creation” is a collection of poetry that aspires to be brutally honest and completely unabashed. Whether joking about how much it hates the Cowboys or losing itself in the face of loving someone else, this collection speaks to what it means to live presently, even if the present is as ugly as the dark waters of the Pacific Ocean or crying in the middle of logic class.
2nd Place Winner: Night Music by Nathan Ching (TCU)
(From the back cover) Nathan Ching is a San Diego native at heart. He is currently a biology undergraduate at Texas Christian University. He is obsessed with elephants, live music, and milk tea, and he is too curious for his own good.
“Night Music” explores the liminal spaces between departure and belonging and attempts to make space for the full palate of human emotion: tenderness and rage, guilt and grace. This is Nathan’s first collection.
1st Place Winner: In the Dark Spots by Lino Anunciacion (Texas A&M University)
(From the back cover) Lino Anunciacion is a Texas-transplant artist from Florida. He is currently an English undergrad at Texas A&M University. His free time is spent being the Director of Community Outreach for his local non-profit poetry organization, Mic Check Poetry (501)(c)(3). In 2016, he was crowned Mic Check Poetry Slam Champion. He has a small obsession with blurry lights, talks too much with his hands, and is deathly afraid of deep water. You can find his two previous works, “The Light Bringers.” and “The Ocean is Hell & Heaven” on Amazon.
“In the Dark Spots.” is a collection of poems with the sole mission of demonstrating the dark tones involved with existing. While “The Light Bringers.” was the testimony and triumph of beautiful light in the face of adversity, tragedy, and depression, this collection serves as a difficult, yet important contrast. It represents the heavy burden of seeing it all.
Whether it be the struggles against modern institutions at large or the personal battles to get out of bed, “In the Dark Spots” dives unabashedly into the belief that, if there is a light and an object, there is a shadow.
2nd Place Winner: Bite Your Tongue by Hannah Taylor (TCU)
(From the back cover) Hannah Taylor is a Writing Undergrad at Texas Christian University. When she isn’t writing, Hannah is reading, dancing, or exploring.
Bite Your Tongue is a compilation of pieces exploring various aspects of growing up as a woman. From love and lust to death, this work tries to define the complicated task of growing up. This is Hannah’s first collection. (available as PDF)