Love Poems, Friendship & A Valentine's Day Gift for Writers!
I know SNL recently made fun of all the non romantic Valentine's Day greetings, and to be fair I thought the bit was pretty funny...
...but I still think Valentine's Day is better in América Latina...
Mamihood, Writing, and Money: Moving Past My Money Shame & Crafting a Creative Life I Love
Recently my friend, poet and scholar Raina J. León, had her essay "On Labor's Value" published in the VIDA Review.
In it, Raina asks: "When and for what should I be paid? And when I am not offered compensation, to what will I say no in favor of my family, my art, my life?"
For Raina (as for me and others I'm sure) so many of these questions -- which have always been there -- have taken on a new urgency since the birth of her child. Raina explains:
"How do I also negotiate between the labor maternal and the labor that takes me away from my son so that I can creatively express myself and also be compensated for that expression and thereby provide for my son? In short, how do I get paid and provide for my household for the labor that takes me away from my son?"
My question is: shouldn't we all be asking (and searching for answers to) those same questions alongside her?
Li Yun's November 2018 Newsletter
My birthday month zoomed on by (I didn't even get that massage!). I am, however, happy to report that the website is coming along nicely (more on that below).
I don't know about you, but election day is on my mind. Can you believe midterms are finally on Tuesday?
I, for one, am both super anxious and cautiously optimistic...
October 2018 Newsletter: Happy Birthday to Me!
October is here! Happy Birthday to me!
I don’t know about you, but for me September was emotionally draining.
Between the one year anniversary of Hurricane María and the current status of our country’s Supreme Court Nomination, I’m tired. So tired.
That said, I am grateful for some especially lovely moments this past month. Celebrating our munchkin’s second birthday makes the top of that list.
Continue reading for more on my September and my birthday month plans...
Li Yun Alvarado
Puerto Rican Poet, Scholar & Parent
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