Writing

GrrlPunch Online Magazine

In addition to founding, editing and managing GrrlPunch, I also contribute writing to the magazine. Namely, I communicate with readers through my monthly editor’s note. I use these diary-style entries to communicate the month’s theme, express my feelings and build a genuine connection with GrrlPunch’s readers.

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Organizations Partner to Host Biking Event in South Memphis

Saturday, March 24, three Memphis biking organizations partnered with national organization Big Jump Project to host their second weekly glide ride event.

The city is targeting South Memphis for this program because a third of its inhabitants do not have access to a vehicle and there is an over-representation of health issues like diabetes according to Nicholas Oyler, the bikeway and pedestrian manager for the city of Memphis.

Dr. Anne Zachry: “Less Is [Truly] More” 

Occupational therapist, child behavior expert and published author Dr. Anne Zachry has made it her life’s mission to educate individuals on the importance of basics in child rearing.

Dr. Zachry, a mother of three, is both a teacher for future pedantic OT’s as well as an author published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Earning her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Dr. Zachry decided to make a major life shift abandoning her plan of law school and enrolling in the University of Memphis to study occupational therapy.

Music on Main to Liven Up Downtown

Music on Main, the downtown, historic art district’s latest music installation, will start at 11 a.m. on March 31 at 361 S. Main, in the patio

and parking lot of restaurant South of Beale.

The new, one-day music festival, established by South of Beale and Shawn Gates of MyBlockMemphis, will feature a line up of local musicians, drink specials and giveaways.

City Officials and CEO’s Speak on Promise of Education in Memphis 

Tuesday, April 3, city officials and prominent CEO’s of Memphis: John B. King, Karen Harrell, Dorsey E. Hopson and Walter M. Kimbrough gathered at the University of Memphis Rose Theater to discuss stagnant reform of education within the city for individuals of color.

Moderated by Michelle Norris, the sold-out panel focused on education reform for K-12 students within the Memphis public school system preceding MLK50 celebrations and speakers the next day.

Cooper Young Historic Districts’ 31st Festival Attracts Thousands of Visitors and Vendors from Across the Country

The Cooper-Young Historic District celebrated its 31st Cooper Young Festival, welcoming 130,000 people, along with artistic and food vendors and live music.

The Cooper-Young community has been bringing artists and local customers together since 1988 when the Cooper-Young Business Association started the festival.

Local Entrepreneurs Share Vendor Experiences with Community

Makers and creatives gathered at Memphis Slim House for a Tuesdays Together panel discussion on how to succeed as an entrepreneur and participate in events as vendors on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.

Panelists David Quarels, a local jewelry maker, Carter Beard, owner of Riverside 1844 Artisanal Foods, and sisters, Lindsey and Christine Archer, of photography and graphic design company ARCHd, spoke on their personal experiences as small business owners.

Knitting Vendor Participates in 31st Annual Cooper-Young Festival

Madison Brown, 19, sits on her couch, her fingers frantically moving while looping thin, burgundy yarn in and out to prepare for the next Cooper-Young Festival.

She’s worked hard for the festival, her first time to attend and participate as a vendor, but the young woman is already inspired for the next year.

Descriptive Essay: The Night Of A Woman Whose Homework Is To Create

She sits, hunched over a desk overflowing with brushes, pencils and pens, sketching a figure onto a piece of paper that stretches across the table end-to-end.

“I got ink on my fingers” she mumbles under her breath along with profanities.

Descriptive Essay: A Kitchen for The King

Open since 1919, the Arcade restaurant in downtown Memphis is best known for the booth where Elvis Presley liked to eat lunch while recording at Sun Studios in the 1950s.

The seventh booth, The King’s booth, sits at the end of the restaurant near a rear exit that Presley would use, allowed by a deal with the owner at the time, Harry Zepatos Sr., after spotting fans and reporters at the entrance.

Memphians Barbara and Michael McCloskey, early supporters of civil rights, recall the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination

Memphians Barbara and Michael McCloskey remember where they heard the news that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Barbara was at home watching the news and Michael was working a shift at a Seven Eleven.

The regional manager of the Seven Eleven immediately called Michael and said: “Lock the beer up, and after you do that, lock the store up and go home.” That’s exactly what he did.

The Results of Tennessee’s Midterm Election Confirms: Tennessee is a Red State With Two Blue Dots

A record number of young voters in Tennessee participated in the midterm elections where Republican candidate, Marsha Blackburn has secured a seat in the U.S. Senate, beating Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen.

Millennial voter turnout was at a record high totaling a 664 percent increase, including early and absentee votes, regarding voters ranging in age from 18 to 29.