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Writing Portfolio

Just an Atlantan who loves to write.

From covering breaking news to writing poetry and prose, I love using the written word to tell stories. I believe that everyone has a compelling narrative, so I spend my time listening to and sharing the stories of people in my community.

 

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ABOUT ME

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I am a junior at Brown University concentrating in history. I love using my voice to tell other people's stories as well as share my own views, so no matter what I end up studying, that will always be my core purpose. 

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MY POEM

OF THE MONTH

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In My Room

By: Dana Richie

I’ve turned this room into a hellscape,

Flames of garments litter every nook and cranny.

I’ve destroyed the balance,

The pile up of papers pushing my panic into my palm.

I’m not ready. 

The chaos can engulf me whenever it pleases.

I might just wither away here on the shaggy purple carpet,

Centering my mind on the glow in the dark stars on the ceiling, 

The only remnants of simpler times,

I might just let my fingers glide through the knots and tangles

I might just give in

I close my eyes

Focusing on the breath that I can’t seem to find

Focusing on the pitter pattering of the rain

It’s not real not worth panicking not even affecting you

I open my eyes

My body remains still 

And the complacent urgency returns

Like the dust that lingers on my bookshelf,

On the spine that refuses to crack

As I try to turn a page only to be confronted with the scent of antiquity,

I try to focus on the words 

But that scent, that feeling, 

Creeps into the back of my mind, 

Like the photographs that cover every surface of my room

In each frame, the faces fade

The smile frozen in time only to disappear in the most important time

Like the worn stuffed animal in the corner

Whose eyes have seen so much

Only to be forgotten and left to rot, 

Only to be tossed aside,

Like the postcard tacked up, 

Written long ago by someone who is no longer relevant,

A constant reminder of severed connections 

Like the trophies that capture the light,

The essence of victory 

And yet they remain so empty.

It’s haunting.

All of it, 

A haven turned to hell

MY PHOTOS

OF CHANGE

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Atlanta, GA. May 29, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. May 29, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. May 29, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. May 29, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. May 29, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. May 29, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. May 29, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. June 2, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. June 4, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. June 6, 2020

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Washington D.C. July 1, 2020

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Washington D.C. July 1, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. Candlelight Vigil for Congressman John Lewis.

July 19, 2020

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Atlanta, GA. Congressman John Lewis lying in state at GA Capitol. July 29, 2020

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