Creative Essays

Creative nonfiction and personal essays

Dear Shannon

Part three of the author’s Roots of Greatness, Wings of Light set about her grandparents. This essay takes the form of an imagined letter from her paternal grandfather, a particularly reflective and poignant expression from a man called “Big Daddy” within his family.

Of Wisdom and Beauty

Part one of the author’s “Roots of Greatness, Wings of Light” collection about her grandparents. This essay centers on her paternal grandmother, “Mamo.”

A Wild Swan the Color of Autumn

Part two of the author’s “Roots of Greatness, Wings of Light” collection about her grandparents. This essay centers on her maternal grandmother.

Guys, Get Up!

One young man found his identity hanging out with people seemingly very different from him.

Washington Square

A description of a space and time that takes advantage of words to capture what film and audio equipment never could.

The Viola Lesson

Recipient of the 2003 Frodo’s Notebook Essay Award, this piece details one of those events that sneak up from time to time to recenter our lives.