All stories are fiction unless otherwise noted.
The Spectrum of Sight, Bethesda Magazine, June 2022, Honorable Mention in the 2022 Short Story & Essay Contest
Trent Reznor Is My Cupid, Flash Flood, June 2022
Sweet and Silent, Gastropoda, June 2022 (creative nonfiction)
We Iron Dad’s Underwear, Invisible City, May 2022, Finalist in the 2022 Blurred Genre Flash Contest judged by Lynn Steger Strong
I Told Them I’m a Vampire Who Likes to Drink Blood, Fractured Literary, May 2022
Things Forgotten, LEON Literary Review, April 2022
Timothy Disbelieves, Gone Lawn, March 2022
Seeing Ghosts at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Twin Pies, January 2022
Beyond Unbinds the Dragonfly, Briefly Write’s Climate Issue, December 2021
The Hawk and the Wren, Luna Station Quarterly, December 2021
I Just Wanted to Get to Titan on Time, AntipodeanSF Issue 279, December 2021
Æblekage, creative nonfiction in Red Fez Issue 152, December 2021; originally published in Dwelling Lit
Why She Sings, South Florida Poetry Journal, November 2021; nominee for Best Microfiction 2022
Save the Goldfish, Harpy Hybrid Review Issue 6.5, Winter 2021
Unseasonal, creative nonfiction in Red Fez Issue 151, October 2021
Butterfly Effect, Emerge Literary Journal, September 21, 2021
Audition, Bright Flash Literary Review, September 1, 2021
Second Skin, Six Sentences, August 2, 2021
Seeding the Cemetery, Flash Flood, June 26, 2021
She Smolders, Versification, June 2021
On Fridays, The Bangor Literary Journal, Issue 14 May 2021 (p. 15 – 16)
The Hazards of Hosting a Space Station’s Ham Radio Show, 365 Tomorrows, April 16, 2021
Must Love Video Games, Dwelling Literary, April 2021
Weathering the Storm, Nightingale & Sparrow, February 2021
Questions Beget Questions on the Mood Survey, creative nonfiction in Emerge Literary Journal, Issue #17, February 2021
My Future Husband, creative nonfiction in Dwelling Literary, January 2021
Fireworks on the Moon, Unearthed, December 2020
The Mystery at Delight, The Daily Drunk, December 2020
A handful of pieces that reflect my work. Click through to read more.
Layla Avila is founder and CEO of Education Leaders of Color, or EdLoC, a new membership organization dedicated to elevating the leadership, voices, and influence of people of color in education and to leading more inclusive efforts to improve education. Layla is driven by a central value, a “belief that our work and education is about really being able to use education to create more thriving black and Latino communities, with a belief that education is a key way of ending generational poverty.” This focus is driven by personal experience and her own education, which “really changed the trajectory for my family.” Read her story.
I spoke with Nigeria Segure-Watson and Mark Murphy about GripTape, a new venture that empowers youth to direct their own learning.
Nigeria is a high school senior, a board member at GripTape, and one of the organization’s first “challengers,” meaning she was given $500 and a coach to pursue a passion project. With those resources, Nigeria pulled off a photo shoot, learned about creative direction, and is now a successful young entrepreneur while finishing up her last year of high school. “I am here to spread agency and inspire the youth, to enlighten them on their possibilities in the world,” she says.
Mark is the former Delaware secretary of education. He says that years of going in and out of classrooms opened his eyes to a huge gap in learning: students were going through the motions without the adults actually asking what they wanted or needed. So, he started GripTape, giving youth small amounts of capital and the ability to self-teach a project of their choosing. “I characterize my work as trying to create the conditions that allow young people to pursue their passions. And those conditions include having levels of authority that they have rarely, if ever had, coupled with resources that they have rarely if ever had.” Read their Q+A.
From 2011 – 2013, I wrote about crafting, making, and artists as The Nerdy Sewist. I also taught sewing and was featured on the PBS show Sew It All, talking about how to install simple handbag hardware in a homemade purse.
A sampling of stories from reporting and producing for Colorado Public Radio and Aspen Public Radio.
Colorado Public Radio, Paralympic Cycling Trials
A road race at Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood was the final test for a group of elite athletes competing for spots on the US Paralympic Cycling Team. KCFR’s Kristina Tabor reports.
Colorado Public Radio, Healthier School Foods Catch On In Douglas County
KCFR’s Kristina Tabor visited one of the county’s lunchrooms.
Colorado Public Radio, Election Results: Education Funding
Ballot measures to increase school funding in more than 25 local districts had mixed success, but the statewide education finance question, Amendment 59, failed. KCFR’s Kristina Tabor reports.
Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Matters, New Denver Art Museum Building Opens: Architect Daniel Libeskind
Architect Daniel Libeskind talks to Ryan Warner about his first building in the United States, the Denver Art Museum’s new Frederic C. Hamilton wing. Libeskind says inspiration for the building came from all around: the Rockies, the big sky and Denver’s pioneer history. We also hear some first impressions from visitors who recently got a sneak peek inside.
Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Matters, Colorado State Treasurer Mike Coffman Returns From Iraq
Ryan Warner speaks with Mr. Coffman after his seven-month tour helping to organize Iraqi elections and form local governments there.
Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Matters, Banjo Player Pete Wernick & Flexigrass
Nationally known banjo player Pete Wernick, of Niwot, has a new CD called What The. He speaks with with Dan Meyers.