A CONVERSATION WITH PHIL LORD

Phil Lord, the Producer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, talks to Byron about his script SHADE OF THE GRAPEFRUIT TREE and his 2021 Nicholl Fellowship win. I watched Byron write this script over the last year. So much of the script is based on his real life trauma it wasn’t easy to write. It was…

SHE’S MAGIC

When I was young everything was magic. I loved change. Discovering new places. Making new friends (though that part came super hard). Trying new foods. Hearing new songs. Everything was magic. When I was little I would lay on the ground and watch the clouds float by and if I looked at them just right…

SOWING MERCY

I dreamed I was on another planet. It was dark with several moons lighting up the sky. I was wearing a summer dress and planting a large garden. I carried the seeds in one large pocket in the front. I was barefoot and the soil was refreshingly soft and cool. I was happy planting these…

WHAT FEAR?

Sitting here at lunch toying with the idea of opening an Etsy store. To be completely honest I’m afraid of failure. What if I put myself out there and nothing happens? I used to be more courageous. Like I could do anything ya know? But live long enough and failure becomes a reality. I failed…

CREATING LIGHT

I wish I could sit In the gold Of morning Sit into the pinks And oranges Of sunset Without having to draw A sword for the black The battle we fight When left alone To face the dark And all its monsters The fights though Bring back the light And even though I feel alone…

A THING I’D LIKE TO HIDE

My boss has walked in on me more than a few times to catch me ugly cry. He walks in and I smile… as of smiling will distract him from seeing the tears. It’s an automatic reflex. To hide my pain. I don’t cry as often these days. I try hard to take care of…

PRETTY THINGS

I’ve been making art. If you like art or pretty things follow me on Instagram or Twitter. HastywordsArt on Instagram or Tik Tok at hastydawnwords I started painting as a way to bond with my kiddo. It’s amazing all the things teens will talk about with you when they are absentmindedly working on a project.…

MY DIAMOND CAVE

It’s safe here in this space My beautiful diamond cave If my tears had fears I could shout, let it all out There is no day or night No open or closed signs No neon flashing arrows Just hard, strong walls Built from my own strength My own failures My own victories. No God or…