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A Three-headed Superhero with Glasses

Colleen Cusick, Writing Fellow, Doctoral Candidate in English


I am a three-headed superhero with glasses. Okay, if forced to adhere to the strictly literal, I must confess that I only have one head and no eyewear of any kind. I will further admit that my only claim to superheroism lies in my co-authorship (with two other writers) of a weekly advice column on names and naming. But much like Clark Kent disappearing into a telephone booth, I become a different person when I sit in front of my keyboard at a local coffee shop and transform, for an hour or two, into: The Name Maven! The Name Maven is bigger than I am, a Superwoman of the online naming advice realm (a more cutthroat world than you might suspect). She is world-weary and wise and not only because her persona is imbued with the life experiences, educations, and personal histories ...

Dear Landlord

JOANNA SCHRECK, Queens College Student / Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Letters for Change Writing Contest.


Dear Landlord, For six long years you have collected my rent check, your smile genuine. The first time money exchanged hands we each had trash in the other. The last time, we were preparing for the warmer days ahead with a driveway car wash. Your hose had been punctured and I lent you duct tape for a temporary solution. Though our encounters have been few and far between due to our opposite schedules, they have left a superficially pleasant impression. It is because of this that I find it hard to approach you face-to-face regarding the topic on which I write to you today. You are kind. You have delivered to my door my mail, you have offered me your weekday paper as you know I subscribe only to Newsweek due to cost. You have fed me leftovers and offered idle ...

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