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Wham bam thank you, slam!

No Experience Necessary

Cal Slam’s open mic nights offered a perfect opportunity for me to test my poetic chops in the Berkeley slam poetry scene, and the theme for the event was womxns’ health. After a few hours of unproductive scribbling, I realized I had no idea where to start, especially with my given topic. So I spoke with Elise Dimick, a slam poetry veteran, for some tips on writing a respectable poem.
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Their happiness is not my happiness

Love Letter to Nobody in Particular

Dear Al Gore, I hate my best friend’s boyfriend, too. I know that hate is a strong word, and that everyone is free to love whomever they wish, and that I’m just lashing out because I’m hangry, but it’s true. If I had the ability to Command-A then delete his
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Fruit Loop wanted

Love Letter to Nobody in Particular

Dear Cupid, You seemed to have missed me this past Tuesday. It would appear that Feb. 14 has come and gone without your arrow leading me to the love of my life. It’s possible that my many eager suitors overwhelmed you when they were begging you to stick it in
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The art of the deal

No Experience Necessary

“Customer service representative for Domino’s” is probably the most impressive part of my résumé. One time, I tried doing a ramen-eating competition and I got to the fifth bowl, which is not that bad. When Flappy Bird was still flapping its way into our hearts, I could get my score
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Drop it like it’s hot

Love Letter to Nobody in Particular

Dear Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Albert Einstein described insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And while Albert is far less intelligent than I am, I’ll have to agree with him on this one. In the realm of romance, in which Al presumably
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