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Author: J. Alejandro

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Hello there! Welcome to the international showcase of writers from all walks of life! Today it’s my pleasure to present poetry by Dr. Thomas Davison. Thank you for sharing your work with us! Dr. Davison is teaching at two all-male prison facilities in Northern Ohio. He has been deeply moved by his interactions with incarcerated students and has been motivated to create poems and short stories about these experiences. Thomas has started a non-profit dedicated to providing free one-on-one support services for felons. You can view more of his published work at: https://thomasdavisoncom.wordpress.com TAKING A WALK IN MY YARD THIS MORNING: The State prison culture is unique. The felons live by their own code and set of values. There is no better place to observe this – then in the prison Yard. The following poem Taking a Walk in My Yard This Morning best captures what it truly feels like – for me. The prison ‘pecking order’ is complex and fluid. As you probably can imagine - there are some very hard people on the inside. The prison Yard is an integral part of prison life. It is the place where reputations are made – and lost. It is where leaders are crowned - and dethroned. It is where all social activities have their origins – and their endings. This is where individuals and gangs have their battles – and wars. Trips to everything important in a felon’s life: visitation, mess hall, chapel, etc., all pass through the Yard. JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY HOUSE: Like most people I want to believe that I am a good judge of character. I have spent most of my adult life working with young men. In the US Army, with my son’s and grandson’s boy scout troops, with inner city college students, and with incarcerated felons. I also want to believe that I am a realist. There is no doubt that I am an optimist. I’m one of those folks who is always looking for that ‘silver lining’ in any situation. I have been accused of being a Pollyanna. That is not true. I see people for what they are – but – I also see people (especially my students) for their potential - of what they can become. The prison changes all men. For some this change is for the worse. Mental health is a huge challenge within the prisons. The following poem Just Another Day in My House - is my way of accepting that for some - there is not always potential - or a silver lining. For some there is only a slow sinking into the abysmal pit of: self-despair – anger – retribution – and ultimately madness. At the risk of being referred to as ‘Captain Obvious’ – prison has a dark-side. HOLD ON: The first thing that I ever wrote about the state prisons was the following poem called Hold On. The feelings and stress felt by the prisoners is apparent every moment of every day. Half of the prison staff and administration – that I work and talk with - on an almost daily basis – sincerely believe their role is to punish felons for their offenses to society. Whereas, the other half (just as sincerely) believe that it is their role to rehabilitate these offenders. I am reminded of a boat with rowers on both sides. One side is rowing in what they believe is the best direction for their ship. While the other side is rowing just as eagerly to a totally different direction. Result – the ship is going nowhere – it is in the middle of the ocean spinning in tight little circles. Unable to change course. We as an American Society must decide if prisons exist to rehabilitate or to punish. It can’t do both. Previously published works: Taking a Walk in My Yard This Morning – Teach. Write. A Writing Teachers’ Literary Journal Spring/Summer 2020. Just Another Day in My House – Black Petals, Issue #91, Spring, 2020 -- Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets and writers from all walks of life. Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! https://cruzfolio.com/you/ Acepto poesia y relatos cortos en español! https://cruzfolio.com/fuerza-creativa/ For more information about the podcast, visit https://cruzfolio.com/creative-drive-…
Hello there! Welcome to the international showcase of writers from all walks of life! Today it's my pleasure to present poetry by Varun Amatya. Thank you for sharing your work with us! Comments from Varun: I am 34 years old and I write from Kathmandu, a city located in Nepal. I am a Phd. candidate majoring in Development Administration Field. I have spent many years of nights in thoughts until the sun would rise. These stories in my head range from personal development to human and nation's development. Through the medium of poetry, I was able to express my expectation from my surrounding environment and my hope for an even better world. I write to either express myself - to myself, or other times to spread a message to others who are like me and sometimes even lost in this lonely world. Today, I wrote a poem to express the need for freedom in our individual life. Freedom from work, expectations of family and the control to drive our life in our own happy manner. With this poem I wished we all had the choice to work in our own pace rather than the pace required by the outside business platform. It is about a poet's day-dream to feel free like a bird with the whole sky as its playing field Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets from all walks of life. Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! https://cruzfolio.com/you/ Acepto poesia y relatos cortos en español! https://cruzfolio.com/fuerza-creativa/ For more information about the podcast, visit https://cruzfolio.com/creative-drive-podcast/
Hello everyone! As we close 2020, I'd like to announce the next chapter of the podcast: We would like to introduce Fuerza Creativa! This new podcast will be the Spanish version of Creative Drive, where we will showcase more amazing poetry and short fiction from all over the world! Disfruten el primer episodio en Fuerza Creativa! Título: El enigma de los tornillos Autor: Antonio Rolando Arenas Obtuvo el título de Master of Arts with a Major in Modern Languages en Almeda University (USA, 2010), es Diplomado en Gestión Pública de la Provincia de Mendoza por la Escuela de Gobierno y Administración de la provincia de Mendoza – FCPyS, UN de Cuyo (Mendoza, 2012), es Profesor de Lengua y Literatura para el tercer ciclo de la EGB de la Educación Polimodal por el Instituto Superior del Profesorado PT-14 Escuela Italiana (Mendoza, 2013) y es Diplomado en Historia Argentina en Latinoamérica por la Escuela de Gobierno y Administración de la provincia de Mendoza-Instituto de Revisionismo Histórico Argentino e Iberoamericano Manuel Dorrego (Mendoza, 2015). Recibió el diploma del Curso Profesional de Analista Químico. Neptunos Formación. España, 2018. Publicó el libro Interrogantes, el libro La página del buffet; una publicación literaria diferente y el libro Diálogos internos. El Juego de los errores disponible en Barnes & Noble!
Hello all! So happy to present 3 poems by Nayanjyoti Baruah! FROM THE POET: I'm Nayanjyoti Baruah, from Assam, India. I'm pursuing M.A. in English Literature from Gauhati University. My poems have been appeared in Tayls, Rasa Literary Review, Felicity, Akhore, Meghali Budhidrom, The Fiction Project, A Too Powerful Word, Necro Magazine etc. I'm the Co-author of The Bag of Knowledge. I've written two essays and four short stories as well. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nayanjyoti2544/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nayanjyoti.baruah.3745 Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets from all walks of life. Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! https://cruzfolio.com/you/ Acepto poesia y relatos cortos en español! https://cruzfolio.com/fuerza-creativa/ For more information about the podcast, visit https://cruzfolio.com/creative-drive-podcast/
Hello all! It's a pleasure to present Michele Mekel's poetry today! Living in Happy Valley, Michele Mekel wears many hats of her choosing: writer and editor; educator and bioethicist; poetess and creatrix; cat herder and chief can opener; witch and woman; and, above all, human. Her work has appeared in various academic and creative publications, including having her poetry featured on Garrison Keillor’s _The Writer’s Almanac. She is also a co-principal investigator for the Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 project (viralimaginations.psu.edu)._ Viral Imaginations: viralimaginations.psu.edu On Instagram! @ShaktiEnergy Creative Drive is an international podcast produced by J. Alejandro to bring visibility to poets from all walks of life. Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! https://cruzfolio.com/you/ Acepto poesia y relatos cortos en español! https://cruzfolio.com/fuerza-creativa/ For more information about the podcast, visit https://cruzfolio.com/
Hello all! Today we feature the work of Alexander Limarev! Did the little boy exist? I am alive Predestined About the Poet: Alexander Limarev, freelance artist, mail art artist, curator, poet, photographer from Siberia / Russia. Participated in more than 900 international projects and exhibitions. His artworks are part of private and museum collections of 64 countries. His artworks as well as poetry have been featured in various online publications including UNDERGROUNDBOOKS.ORG, BUKOWSKI ERASURE POETRY ANTHOLOGY (Silver Birch Press), NOKTURNO.FI, StyleBlueprint, TUCK MAGAZINE, ANGRY OLD MAN MAGAZINE, CALIBAN ONLINE MAGAZINE, GALLERY & STUDIO ARTS JOURNAL, MAINTENANT etc. FB: https://www.facebook.com/alexander.limarev.7 Blog: http://parallels2000.blogspot.com/2014/10/alexander-limarev-1964.html Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! https://cruzfolio.com/you/ Acepto poesia y relatos cortos en español! https://cruzfolio.com/fuerza-creativa/ For more information about the podcast, visit https://cruzfolio.com/
Hello all! On this week of gratitude, I'm delighted to share 3 poems by Daniel Damiano, from his poetry collection, 104 Days of the Pandemic. This collection provides us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the emotions of the pandemic through an assortment of delicate and ferocious moments captured daily since March. Thanks for sharing your work with us, Daniel! About Daniel: Daniel Damiano is an Award-winning Playwright, Screenwriter, Actor, Poet and Novelist based in Brooklyn, NY.  His plays have been produced in many areas of the U.S. as well as London, England and Sydney & Melbourne, Australia, and his poetry has been published in Crooked Teeth Literary Magazine, Newtown Literary Journal, New Voices Anthology, Cloudbank and HotMetal Press.  He has been nominated for Pushcart Prize for Poetry and was a Finalist for the Arts and Letters Prize in Drama. His acclaimed play, "Day of the Dog", was published in 2018 by Broadway Play Publishing.  In 2020, he completed his first novel, "The Woman in the Sun Hat", as well as a book of poetry, "104 Days of the Pandemic." For more information, please visit www.danieldamiano.com Now accepting 3 poems or flash fiction! And accepting Spanish submissions too! https://cruzfolio.com/
Hello all! Trying out some video for the Creative Drive Podcast! Here's a short story I wrote a few months ago, I'm working my way back into writing fiction, so here it goes! If you're a writer with a day-job, I'd love to know what you're up to and how you're holding up in the throes of every day chaos. Submit your poetry and flash fiction today and I'd love to share it on the podcast! Send in your short works today, especially the rejected ones at creativedriveshow (at) gmail (dot) com, or through our website! https://idlewy.blog/you/ Much love, j
Hello one and all! Today we feature once again a friend of the show: Zach Murphy! Zach Murphy is a Hawaii-born writer with a background in film. His stories have appeared in Peculiars Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, Emerge Literary Journal, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Ghost City Review, Lotus-eater, WINK, Drunk Monkeys, and Fat Cat Magazine. He lives with his wonderful wife Kelly in St. Paul, Minnesota. Also, check out Zach’s movie review website: http://fadetozach.blogspot.com/ Thanks for sharing your work with us once again, Zach! Always welcome! If you’d like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today at: https://idlewy.blog/you/ Don’t be idle, make art! Much love, j
Hello all! Today we feature a novel excerpt from Aisha Urooj's My Dear Ellie! Check it out! Aisha Urooj lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and graduated with her Bachelors from University College, University of Toronto. She grew up loving classic books and getting lost in the intriguing characters and compelling stories. She writes mostly as a hobby along with painting and photography. She hopes that those that read her book will enjoy it as much as she did writing it. She is currently working on her second novel tentatively titled "Eleanor's Travels", chronicling Ellie's travels around the world, an extraordinary gift from Ellie's parents on her twenty-first birthday. Where to find her online! www.goodreads.com/aishaurooj http://aishauroojbooks.wordpress.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083JJK8TY Thanks for sharing your work with us, Aisha! Produced by J. Alejandro @jwriterec https://idlewy.blog/writerec/ Much love, j
Mark Anthony Smith was born in Hull. His writings have appeared in Musicians for Homeless and Be their voice, Spelk and Truly U. His latest work, Hearts of the Matter, is available on Amazon. Visit Mark on Facebook and Twitter for updates on his latest work. Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Mark! If you’d like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today! Don’t be idle, make art! Much love, j
Hello there, Today it's a pleasure to bring you "Smoothing Out the Wrinkles" a poem by Samantha Terrell. Samantha Terrell is an American poet raised in the Midwest, whose work emphasizes emotional integrity and social justice. Her work has been published in Dove Tales by Writing for Peace, Ebola chapbook (West Chester University), Poetry Quarterly (Pennsylvania), and many other online and in-print journals. She and her family reside in Upstate NY. You can find her on Twitter @honestypoetry. Check out Samantha's website for more of her work! https://poetrybysamantha.weebly.com/ Stop by idlewy.blog to submit your work, and to discover more stuff by and for working class creatives! Much love, j Produced by J. Alejandro @idlewy Sound effects obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com Special thanks to Dust Jones @ Speer Productions
Hello all! Today I am happy to ready for ya "Bob Dylan" by Troy Jackson: poet, musician, and literacy advocate based out of Memphis Take it away, Troy! Troy’s Book of Poetry, now on Amazon. Check it out! Catch up with Troy Jackson on Twitter @troyrjackson! Check out Troy’s beats! https://www.beatstars.com/leemay2k Stop by idlewy.blog to submit your work, and to discover more stuff by and for working class creatives! Much love, j
Hello all! Today's episode is an experiment so we can find more ways to showcase you, the working class creator, on this podcast! On this episode, I bring you Troy Jackson, a creative based out of Memphis, who will be reciting his poetry, as well as providing some underscoring for the episode. Take it away, Troy! Troy's Book of Poetry, now on Amazon. Check it out! Catch up with Troy Jackson on Twitter @troyrjackson! Check out Troy's beats! https://www.beatstars.com/leemay2k Stop by idlewy.blog to submit your work, and to discover more stuff by and for working class creatives! Much love, j
Big show today! We're back in business featuring a personal essay in dramatic form! The Time We Had, by Susana Ramirez. Susana Ramirez is a wife and mother of two. She is the Founder of Save The Sharks, a South Florida non-profit organization working to promote healthier shark populations through education, research and outreach. Susana immigrated from Cuba, living in Finland before settling in the U.S. She began writing at an early age, focusing on conservation work throughout the world. Today, she understands the power in having a voice and hopes her words can have an impact on others, leading to a global shift on how humans interact with wild animals and their environments. Find Susana on Twitter @susanaiswriting and check out Save The Sharks! This piece was originally published in The Selkie: https://theselkie.co.uk/the-time-we-had/ Brenda Zamora is an L.A. based actor, follow her adventures on Instagram! Produced by J. Alejandro. Visit idlewy.blog, a place for working class creatives! MUSIC FEATURED: Dreamsphere 7 by Sascha Ende Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/458-dreamsphere-7 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Calm In The Night by MusicLFiles Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6232-calm-in-the-night License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 5 vor 12 by Sascha Ende Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/2973-5-vor-12 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ On the Edge of Forever - http://teknoaxe.com/Home.php Simple Piano Medley 1- http://teknoaxe.com/Home.php Freezing by Warm by Meydan: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Meydan/Ambient_1860/Freezing_but_warm SOUND EFFECTS: https://freesound.org/people/florianreichelt/sounds/459977/ https://freesound.org/people/SpliceSound/sounds/369846/ https://freesound.org/people/borQue/sounds/336855/ https://freesound.org/people/AnthonyChan0/sounds/177956/ Additional sound effects obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com
A few words and a poem too. #blacklivesmatter #nojusticenopeace Campaign Zero: Organization that utilizes research-based policy solutions to end police brutality in the U.S. https://www.joincampaignzero.org/ Unicorn Riot: Nonprofit media collective dedicated to exposing the root causes of social, economic, and environmental issues. https://unicornriot.ninja/ George Floyd Memorial Fund: The official GoFundMe to support the Floyd family. https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd Minnesota Freedom Fund: Community-based fund set up to pay criminal bail and immigration bonds for individuals who have been arrested while protesting police brutality. This has become one of the most prominent bail funds, providing relief to protesters in Minneapolis seeking justice for George Floyd. https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/ Submit your poetry and flash fiction today for the Creative Drive Podcast: https://idlewy.blog/you/
Hello all! Today we feature the poetry of Rob J. Blevins: "Jars of Oil; Sands of Rhyme" Three moments of poetry that were a joy to record. Rob J. Blevins is a songwriter and author currently sharing content on the blog, Cooking with Crayons, as well as producing a podcast of the same name. Stop by for more poetry and creative work from Rob! https://www.cookingwithcrayons.com To sign up for Rob's email list, as well as links to his Amazon books, visit his site: https://cookingwithcrayons.com/ Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Rob! If you'd like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today! https://idlewy.blog/you/ Don't be idle, make art! Much love, j
Hello all! Today we feature the poetry of Mark Gordon!Mark Gordon is a novelist and poet who grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and Canada. He is presently living in Toronto. "Raconteur" was recently published in Gravitas, edited by Andrew Lafleche. Please check out this wonderful literary magazine! https://andrewlafleche.com/gravitas-poetryVisit Mark on Twitter for updates on his latest work, and on his website http://www.markgordonauthor.com/ Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Mark!If you'd like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today!Don't be idle, make art! Much love,j
Today we feature the work of Zach Murphy!Zach Murphy is a Hawaii-born writer with a background in film. His stories have appeared in Peculiars Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, Emerge Literary Journal, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Ghost City Review, Lotus-eater, WINK, Drunk Monkeys, and Fat Cat Magazine. He lives with his wonderful wife Kelly in St. Paul, Minnesota.Also, check out Zach's movie review website: http://fadetozach.blogspot.com/Thanks for sharing your work with us, Zach!If you'd like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today at: https://idlewy.blog/you/Don't be idle, make art! Much love,j
Phase 2 of the Creative Podcast begins today: Featuring the work of Mark Anthony Smith!"Roundabouts" was originally published in Fiction Kitchen Berlin, please check out this wonderful literary magazine!Mark Anthony Smith was born in Hull. His writings have appeared in Musicians for Homeless and Be their voice, Spelk and Truly U. His latest work, Hearts of the matter is available on Amazon.Visit Mark on Facebook and Twitter for updates on his latest work. Thank you for your sharing your work with us, Mark!If you'd like to hear your short works of poetry, flash fiction, and dramatic writing on the podcast, submit your short work today!Don't be idle, make art! Much love,jFind out more at https://creativedrive.pinecast.co
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