Books & Writing

2013: Looking Back

February 6, 2014

What a year!

Looking back at the trajectory of the year, I see a few bright threads that held the year together: my faith, my determination, and my work ethic. I accomplished so much because I wove those threads together with everything God had given me.

I began the wrote my MFA thesis, a chapbook about one of the forgotten cities of the Northeast: Bridgeport, CT. The chapbook discusses my loses and the loss of my city.


I walked in faith believing God would answer my prayers. I had no idea that small steps would prove the best way to overcome the distance between what was and what would soon be my new reality.


I witnessed President Barack Obama become President, again.


I mentored a young girl from Bridgeport through the Writer’s Bridge at the Wakeman’s Boys & Girls Club.


I attended AWP Boston & loved every minute of literary overload. For my original post on AWP click here.



In my former position, I worked in the Marketing Department. One day sitting at my desk, designing some documentation materials, I was asked if I had time in my schedule to be a hand model for a day. Now, the reason this makes my 2013 highlight list is that I’ve always thought I had large hands. I’m tall so that’s a huge factor in why my fingers are so long. Many people have complimented my hands and I’ve always brushed it off. That is until this man told me I had beautiful hands and I could easily make $30/hr as a hand model. In short, my hands are now on an ad that’s plastered on a tractor-trailer and in catalog books. A small example of learning to see yourself from a different angle.


I fell in love with John Green.


I didn’t think I’d win tickets to the Great Gatsby movie premiere in NYC when I emailed my story to one of the most popular bloggers of our time, the fabulous Necole! But, nonetheless, I did! I thought out of hundreds-I’d be overlooked. Partly because I live in CT and partly because I thought more contestant applicants would have more compelling stories. And yet! I did win tickets to the premiere!! Meeting Necole was a fabulous way for me to end my grad school journey. She’s such a great writer, woman, and entrepreneur. I felt like destiny aligned and I got to meet someone who continues to inspire me.

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My Great Gatsby theme graduation party was a huge success! Everyone loved it…including me. Such a great way to kick of Summer and celebrate one my largest accomplishments: receiving my Masters degree.


Summer was epic. I traveled, I ran on a trail, I took great pictures, I lead a poetry workshop, I completed a book fast, I switched up my hair, and I found inner peace.


I also saw Queen Bey perform at the Mohegan Casino. Definitely an item I can scratch off my bucket list.


I worked with Asian American Writing Workshop, Mark Nowak (my former graduate director) and the residents of Brooklyn to create a 100-foot poem. Such an awesome experience.


In September, I said “goodbye” to corporate America and said “hello” to the nonprofit sector. I also said “hello” to my hometown, Bridgeport, CT by taking a new job. Kids? Education equity? Yes.


Two poems out of my thesis were published around Thanksgiving time and it was a reminder that I had so much to be thankFULL this year. To read my poems, click here.


2013 marked 10 years since I graduated from High School. Initially, I was reluctant, I decided to go to our reunion. I’m so glad I did! It was fabulous to see so many people I sat in class dreaming with, laughing with, and of course, studying with. It was exciting catching up with everyone who has moved far away, gotten married, had kids, or has had some major career change. Just proof that a lot does happen in 10 years.


All and all…I loved 2013. There were challenges that aren’t pictured here but, their pieces of evidence are apparent. They helped push me along to become all that I’ve become: a woman striving to be fearless.


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  • Reply
    February 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Sounds like an amazing year! I’m so interested in your chapbook about Bpt!

    • Reply
      Erika Kimberly
      February 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      I would love to share some with you. Maybe I should post the previously published poems on this site. What do you think?

      • Reply
        February 9, 2014 at 3:07 pm

        I think that’s a good idea!

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