Jamerly De La Cruz, mentee
On paper, I am represented as Jamerly De La Cruz, but my name is not all I am. I am from a Dominican Family where writing is not essential. I am at a place where writing is me. My writing comes from a place of inspiration, whether that be from identifying different relationships, lives of others, a picture, or someone else's writing. I do not constrain myself to a specific genre, I am ready to explore my feelings, the daily lives of others, and incidents that they encounter. My dream as a writer is to have my readers relate to every single piece of writing. With this relatable aspect I hope for them to find solutions to their issues and faith in themselves. The accumulations of solutions and faith will allow them to believe that they are possible. I hope when people hear my name it is not just a name. It will be a name associated with great works saturated with various perspectives serving as an inspiration to others.
Alice Pencavel, mentor
Alice Pencavel was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. She wrote her first picture book in Kindergarten about zoo animals taking over the zoo and has not stopped writing since. Her plays have been produced and/or workshopped at Manhattan Repertory, Naked Angels, New School for Drama, the Underground, the Dragon Theatre and the Alive Theatre Festival, (both in Palo Alto, California). Pencavel also works as a teaching artist and has mentored with the Boys and Girls Club, and Each One Reach One – a program that mentors juvenile delinquents through the process of writing a play. She is currently creating a podcast called How to Love. BFA Ithaca College, MFA New School for Drama.
This is a piece that explains all I ever felt, even those times where no words could explain the feeling. With the help of my mentor, being aware of my feelings, and of course revising, this was able to come together. With the digital aspect of this piece, you can feel the pain in my words as well as the hope to grow a better relationship. Not only does this piece show my vulnerability, it shows that in life things may not work, but we must learn to appreciate others and keep working towards a goal no matter how many times our efforts may lead us right back to the beginning.