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I’m an artist because it allows me to be free.
SHANNON MARIE KELLY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 27
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STANLEY KUBRICK GRAHAM DASELER CHARIKAR JOSHUA FOUST WOLVES AMBER HILL AU REVOIR SHANNON MARIE KELLY AWAKENING GABRIELLE MANFREDI TODY WAS A SEVEN ROBERT MCKEAN

SHANNON MARIE KELLY

I’m a working actor and model based outside of NYC in the beautiful Hudson Valley of NY. I’m an artist because it allows me to be free. I believe art encourages freedom in both its participants and its audience. Through story-telling and expression we connect to the humanity in ourselves and in each other in a way that allows us to experience empathy, forgiveness, and love even as we create art that is ugly, beautiful, and dangerous. shannonmariekelly.com

GRAHAM DASELER

My articles have been published in Senses of Cinema, Bright Lights Film Journal, Film International, Moving Arts Film Journal, and Offscreen. I live in Los Angeles, where I work at a director, editor, and animator.

GABRIELLE MANFREDI

 “What are you going to major in?” When posed this question, I answer “occupational therapy”. From family and friends I get the this-girl-is-going-places nod of approval. It was not until my twelfth-grade English teacher asked me this question that I got a different reaction. She gave me a strange look, almost like she was disappointed, and told me, “Well, you can really write. Always find a way to keep writing.” Before this moment I never thought of myself as a writer. No matter where I find myself in life, I plan to continue writing and writing until all of the pens on this earth run out of ink. I am proud to say that this is my first publication and definitely not my last. Twitter @_gab_rielle

AMBER HILL

 So now, the writing is the thing. The writing is the action. And while the story is nothing without the reader, the writer takes the first chance. The writer makes herself vulnerable and in that, there is the greatest chance for reward. I received my BA in English from the University of Michigan and an MA in English Education from the Teacher’s College of Columbia University.  After teaching for over fifteen years in a variety of schools across the country, I now live in Massachusetts and write full-time. Twitter: @amberhill

JOSHUA FOUST

In my day job I work in non-profit communications, and before that I worked as a freelance journalist working on national security. I wrote commentary and reported stories for The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, The American Prospect, and the Columbian Journalism Review.

ROBERT MCKEAN

I have had stories published in The Kenyon Review, The Chicago Review, Dublin Quarterly, The MacGuffin, The Bacon Review, Ruminate, Front Range Review, and elsewhere. My collection of stories was a Finalist in the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and the Sewanee Writers’ Series. A novel was a Semi-Finalist in the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel. I have been awarded a Massachusetts Artist’s Grant for my fiction. I am working on a novel that takes place during the Little Steel Strike, 1937. I think that when we are young we write because we believe that we have something to say. Now, I’m not so sure of that. Maybe now I write in the hope that I have something to hear.

It is not only form or style that makes me write, but the discovery process of the inner self.
JOANNA JEANINE SCHMIDT 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 44
My mother and I have this special connection.
MARI CASEY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 43
I tried to fix my head, hang out with people, stop writing for a bit.
POLINA SIMAKOVA AKA AGRIPPINA DOMANSKI 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 42
I am a writer because writing keeps me sane.
NATASHA NOAH 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 41
I write to stay alive, to feel human.
MILENA PETROVIC 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 40
As is frequently the case, I began this story with a vague concept: in this case a story about sex.
LIZ FYNE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 39
Thoughts of gender, identity, and expectations. And Adrienne Rich poetry.
REBECCA DIMYAN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 38
The poems are about the competition, jealousy, frustration, friendship, loss, and joy that all bands experience.
JOE DE PATTA 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 37
When it all falls away we find ourselves still alive, and so we continue.
JOSHUA DULL 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 35
I’m an artist because it allows me to be free.
SHANNON MARIE KELLY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 27
Words are the only tools that I even remotely know how to use.
MOURA MCGOVERN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 25
Most of my poetry deals with gang violence and the impact it has on someone's life.
KANISHKA LAMPKIN 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 14
I write because I’m good at it. Sure, I dress up good too.
ETKIN CAMOGLU 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 30
I want to discover, to explore what I don’t know yet.
TANIA VERHELST 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 32
When music beat me up and threw me out of the car I began to write.
DAVE MORRISON 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 01
I like a poem that blows itself wide open at the end.
SUSAN WHITMORE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 31
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