Write Like a Girl

Lessons Learned in 2018

As I’ve looked back over 2018 I’ve come to the conclusion that this was not my year.

Give Your Daughters Difficult Names

There’s a sign in Brooklyn that boldly commands, “Give Your Daughters Difficult Names.”

A Voice to the Voiceless

Birmingham poet Kwoya Fagin Maples seeks to give a voice to the voiceless with new collection

Is Blogging Bad for Your Health?

By Javacia Harris Bowser Sitting is the new smoking! That’s a statement people started to toss around a few years ago and at this point that claim probably makes you strain your eye rolling muscles. Nonetheless, it’s no secret that a sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health and this made me wonder if writing… Read More

Stop Being a Writer Who Doesn’t Write

By Javacia Harris Bowser You’ve heard the saying before: To be a writer all you have to do is write. But what should you do when you realize that you’re a writer who doesn’t write? You know what I mean. You used to write all the time then life got in the way and now… Read More

Why I’ve Never Written about My Battle with Depression — Until Now

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 16.2 million Americans ages 18 or older had at least 1 episode of depression in 2016 and a 2016 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that suicide rates in the United States increased from 1999 to 2014 for everyone between the ages of 10 and 74.

Write Like a Girl: Nelle

Though women have made great strides in the literary world there is still work to be done.

Commencement Address

Permission to begin again By Javacia Harris Bowser Graduation season is upon us. In the months of May and June graduating seniors across the country will find themselves listening to speeches meant to help them tackle their futures fearlessly (or fearfully, if the speaker takes the shock and awe approach). But are they really listening?… Read More

Reading in Tandem

Silent Book Club is making noise in Birmingham. By Javacia Harris Bowser // Photo by Megan Tsang Hand Good writers read good writing—I say this a lot, especially when people ask me what they can do to improve their writing skills. But lately, I feel like a hypocrite. Because I am an English teacher I read all… Read More

Introducing the Magic City Poetry Festival

Bringing poetry to the people
By Javacia Harris Bowser // Photo by Cathleen Chambless

7 Things to Do at 37. Or any age.

By Javacia Harris Bowser

I believed the lie.