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Artistic Expression and Artificial Intelligence

Artistic Expression and Artificial Intelligence

Citizenship has been granted to a robot in Saudi Arabia. Citizens cry out about the human rights awarded to “her,” arguing she has more freedom than the human women living in the nation. Sophia, as she is called, made her debut during an interview on October 25th at the Future Initiative in Riyadh. Despite her […]

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Frights and Fins

Frights and Fins

A late October night deserves a spooky story. I hope you get a good scare out of my killer thriller. Happy Halloween, witches!   Drop Dead Gorgeous At the local church’s pumpkin patch, on a warm autumn afternoon, two girls were looking for the perfect fall decorations for their dorms room. They perused vine after […]

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“Between the World and Me”

“Between the World and Me”

Between the hardback cover of this National Book Award winner is a letter from a father to his son. Something deep and profound awaits the reader of this book as they discover, along with the author’s son, what it means to be black in America. This book is rooted in the world that surrounded it […]

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Walking Away From Writer’s Block

Walking Away From Writer’s Block

When thinking about reading, I imagine a smaller version of myself literally traversing the page as the writer creates a pace and path for me to follow. Both the shape and size of words act as physical boundaries for my imagined self to navigate. I can walk slowly along rolling vowels and stretching adjectives, or […]

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Participation Trophies, Writing, and Procrastinating

Participation Trophies, Writing, and Procrastinating

The root of all evil resides in your child’s bedroom; maybe yours too, depending on your hobbies. It nestles on shelves and dressers, watching silently as your child comes and goes, comes and goes. Light slickens its sides and gives off a plastic glimmer reminding you of the worthlessness of all the trophies now cluttering […]

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Cat Food by Andy Dittrich

Cat Food by Andy Dittrich

Costello came home around ten. He put his briefcase on the kitchen table and hung his jacket on one of the chairs. He felt a bit hungry so he walked over to the fridge, see if he could find something to eat.  As he stood by the fridge he felt his cat leaning into his […]

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So Long by Zara Laghari

So Long by Zara Laghari

For some insight into Zara’s inspiration and writing journey, check out her interview here! So Long by Zara Scorched me with your heat Yet before always so cold and cruel Though I surrendered every June in defeat I’d much rather have been in school All of a sudden you changed your wicked ways You made […]

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Zara Laghari, Author in the Making

Zara Laghari, Author in the Making

Just before Spring Break, I had the opportunity to interview author and poet Zara Laghari, a sophomore here at UNC Charlotte. Lenny: Okay, so tell me about your background – what’s your major, how long have you been here at UNC Charlotte, where did you grow up? Zara: Well, I consider myself a Charlotte native […]

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An Interview with Professor Janaka Lewis

An Interview with Professor Janaka Lewis

Janaka Lewis was born and raised in Georgia and formally educated in North Carolina and the Chicago area. She is a self-proclaimed daughter of the South and southern spaces and loves to both teach and write about mobile women from the mid nineteenth-century through today. Through her teaching, she specializes in early African American narratives and also […]

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An Interview with Alex Rodriguez

An Interview with Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is a transfer student at UNC Charlotte where he is majoring in English with a minor in history. Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, he spent most of his early childhood moving up and down the east coast. In the fourth grade, he moved to Huntersville, North Carolina where he now calls home. On […]

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