Friday Lunch Weekly Blog

Dig in each week as our Lunch Ticket staff brings you thought-provoking personal essays and nonfiction stories in our Friday Lunch Weekly Blog. From stories about grief and loss, to tales of growing up and overcoming challenges, to celebratory pieces about love and family, these stories are shared every Friday throughout the year. With these blogs, we aim to give you a glimpse into Lunch Ticket and the values we stand by for this literary publication, to empower writers and readers with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. We hope you enjoy.

A Message to Myself on January 1, When I’m So Hungover

Mary Birnbaum
Hungover Mary Birnbaum of the future, I’m writing to you…

The Voices in Our Heads: Polyvocality, Power & Nnedi’s Lagoon

Francisco McCurry
When we speak or write, our voice is not the only one being (re)produced.…

Seeing Myself in Jane

Katy Avila
There was no possibility of picking up Jane Eyre from my nightstand.…

On Fear, and the Location of My Ass

Mary Birnbaum
I am the oldest of three sisters. My youngest sister, Lizzy,…
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Slowing Down #5 – Digging Deep

Stacie Chaiken
I’m writing-thinking about my time in Rwanda where I was one of the creative directors for the twentieth commemoration of that genocide.…

A Case for Emotional Truth

Lyndsay Hall
This much I know to be true: Hurricane Andrew made landfall near…

Writing: The Toolbox IX

Bettina Gilois
“Desperation is better than inspiration” I cannot write…

What Do You Do?

Alex Simand
I sit at a dinner table on the back patio of a French restaurant.…

Things I Accomplish on My Day Off in Order to Avoid Writing an Essay on Marriage

Mary Birnbaum
I lay in my daughter’s bed, where I’ve slept, for a long…

Slowing Down #4 – Getting Rid of Clutter

Stacie Chaiken
I try to write about rage, and old muck gets in the way. I’m…

On Learning to Fail

Lyndsay Hall
In fourth grade, my best friend Kimberly walked me—or rather,…

Writing: The Toolbox VIII

Bettina Gilois
We write in order to be read. We compose our thoughts, create…

Poetry For Prose

Alex Simand
"Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me." - Sigmund…

Get Hot

Mary Birnbaum
I stopped going to the dentist around the time I started…

Slowing Down #3 – Finding Safety on the Edge

Stacie Chaiken
  Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you…

This Is (Not) a Laughing Matter

Lyndsay Hall
I’m in therapy for an abusive relationship, but I spend most…

Writing: The Toolbox VII

Bettina Gilois
I recently taught a month-long intensive workshop called “Write…

Avoiding Fedoras: A Guide to Authentic Living

Alex Simand
The trope of the writer in a dusty room with his fingers teetering…

Late Love Letter

Mary Birnbaum
When I need a book, I call my mother first. She volunteers at…

Slowing Down #2 – Being Quiet

Stacie Chaiken
A few nights ago, I was on my way from Denver to Creede,…

A Handy Guide to Losing Your Imagination

Lyndsay Hall
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an…

Writing: The Toolbox VI

Bettina Gilois
Dialogue is an important ingredient to any good story. When characters…

On Umwelt and Writing About Family in Nonfiction

Alex Simand
When I was eight years old, my father brought home a rabbit.…

Note to Self

Mary Birnbaum
When I was pregnant with my first daughter, my social media photostream…

Slowing Down #1: Taking the Bus

Stacie Chaiken
During a two-hour question-and-answer session at our June residency,…

On Writing Outside Our Lived Experiences and Acting As Trans Allies

Lyndsay Hall
I met Wryly last June, when they were known as Wendy. This would…

Writing: The Toolbox V

Bettina Gilois
A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will…

How To Tell If You’re A Writer

Alex Simand
You might be a writer if all of your books are at the bottom…

A Third Path in the MFA v. NYC Debate

Arielle Silver
When my brother was little, his bedroom was a minefield of broken…

Nous Sommes Charlie (and Muhammad)?

Erin Anadkat
There was much debate around the PEN American Center’s…

Secret Gardens, House Finches, and Apricots: Finding Voice and Purpose In Mundane Moments

Kiandra Jimenez
To the right of my house, hidden past four raised beds of…

Making the Time Count

Heather Hewson
Lately, I have had a gnawing feeling. It is in my throat and…

Writing: The Toolbox IV

Bettina Gilois
Let’s talk. About dialogue. About speech. About sentences. As…

Heart Connections: Into and Beyond the Particular

Arielle Silver
I recently gathered with a small group of friends to watch a…

On Journals: The Journal of Jules Renard

Erin Anadkat
In the digital age, there is an incessant drive to “share”…

Clearing The Writer’s Garden of Weeds

Kiandra Jimenez
Over the past few weeks, my husband and I have set about…

Writing Centers

Heather Hewson
I just submitted the workshop packet for my third MFA residency…

Writing: The Toolbox III

Bettina Gilois
There’s more to writing than the writing itself, like there’s…

Mind Maps: The Bridge to Clarity

Arielle Silver
I walked into the house one night last week, my clothes soaked,…

SXSW: Why Digital Media Matters for Writers

Erin Anadkat
The SXSW Interactive conference and festival was held in Austin,…

Winter to Spring: Practicing Patience in the Midst of Life, Writing (& Gardening) Transitions

Kiandra Jimenez
The first flowers of spring have come, calling all bees,…

Hearing Voices

Heather Hewson
Being an artist of any kind means hard work. It means pushing…

Writing: The Toolbox II

Bettina Gilois
All writing requires a reading audience. Words are a heap of…

Translation, Truth, and Writing About the Kids

Arielle Silver
Things look different from here, on the step/parent side of life.…

Allowing Room for Ideas to Grow

Erin Anadkat
Gardening has always been on my aspirational to-do list (along…

When Broccoli Bolts Yellow Poems Sky: A Meditation on Patience, Grace, and Humility for Writers

Kiandra Jimenez
Broccoli flowers are a riot of yellow. A yellow influenced…

Scratching Beneath the Surface

Heather Hewson
My figure-drawing teacher once told our class an anecdote about…

One Night, Strunk and White

Arielle Silver
When my fifth-grader returned home Saturday after a week at…

Writing: The Toolbox

Bettina Gilois
Writing for twenty-five years for a living, I have always written…

Shaking Up Your Writing Routine

Erin Anadkat
This past holiday season, instead of the customary trek to…

Wild Greens Ring in the New Year

Kiandra Jimenez
Long years after my great-aunt Nora and great-grandaddy Herman…

Getting It Write

Heather Hewson
Since I was young I have always imagined myself a writer. I have…

“The Journey” Into the New Year

Eva Shantharam
As I write this blog post, I’m sitting, tired, in front of…

From Where We Stand

Arielle Silver
Last night over dinner, after a discussion with our ninth-grader…