The Student by Tony Lopez

The Student by Tony Lopez

I taught myself how to smoke away my lonely mood, My momma taught me you should always tell the truth, Uncle Freddy taught me how to drink my pain away, My daddy taught me how to lie to my lady’s face, Lil Chris taught me how to flip my weed, Alan taught me life can…

I Remember by Yesenia Gomez

I Remember by Yesenia Gomez

Remember when you could sit on your father’s lap and cry like there was no tomorrow? I remember my dad’s lap used to be my favorite and safest place in the world. He was the one I would run to after school. He was the one who attended all my parent conference meetings. He was…

From That Corner House By Alfonso Manzo Casteneda

From That Corner House By Alfonso Manzo Casteneda

I remember growing up on that corner house where my mama and grandmother fed all of 9th Avenue in South Los Angeles. Every Sunday, my uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, and homeless people ate in our front yard. My grandmother was everyone’s street mom, someone any stranger could approach and ask for help, and she would…

Engraved in My Memory  by Grecia Jara

Engraved in My Memory  by Grecia Jara

I checked the time, 1:00 a.m. As my eyes glanced around the room, all I could see was my family, with expressions I can’t even describe. There was a sort of sadness in the entire room. I scrambled across the room and sat in my chair, pulled my knees up, and wrapped my arms around them….

Silently…  by Alyssa Huerta

Silently… by Alyssa Huerta

do you know it feels like…. to silently break apart those lonely nights… you’re alone… Those thoughts, the memories they remind you of what you thought Happiness was

I Knew My Life was Different by Dewan Thompson

I Knew My Life was Different by Dewan Thompson

At a very young age I knew my life was different from most of the kids that I played with at elementary and middle school. I knew that not having a father, or even a father figure, in my life was going to be hard. But I didn’t use that as an excuse. I used…

From Sorrow to Understanding  by Annabelle Granados

From Sorrow to Understanding by Annabelle Granados

He left. He left us to be the baddy he chose to be. I was six years old when my dad walked out on my mom and me. It’s had a huge impact on my life. Years later, I found out he’s been in and out of jail for many terrifying reasons. He wasn’t the…

The Tattoo BY Miranda Hughes

The Tattoo BY Miranda Hughes

Pain? That was the last thing on my mind. I was more concerned that my father would find out that his 16-year-old daughter, his only daughter, was deep in the ‘hood, sitting in a stranger’s living room being tattooed, without his knowledge or consent. But that didn’t matter because once the needle pierced the upper…

When I was Fourteen BY Michelle Cardoza

When I was Fourteen BY Michelle Cardoza

My stepdad tried to kill my mother when I was 14. He was the only father I ever had. Never did I imagine being in this position. Never did I think our father-daughter relationship would break apart. Never did I think my lovely daddy could be capable of killing the woman I love and admire…

I Noticed by Edwin Noguera

I Noticed by Edwin Noguera

As I was walking down the street from my home, I noticed that my life had changed. I noticed that my childhood was gone. I noticed that I had responsibilities now— that I have to take care of my mom. I noticed that I have a job, one I never wanted when I was a…

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