Cover Photo: This image has a dark background, almost the texture of a chalkboard. At the bottom, in the center, there is a silver pen and a white pencil. Coming out of the silver pen, we see angry red scribbles. Overlapping with the red, there are white loopy scribbles coming out of the white pencil
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Self-Doubt and Self-Editing

In the second installment of this three-part column, Eva Recinos addresses how self-doubt can lead to self-editing, which can hold us back from writing altogether



thread from author, poet, and educator Janel Pineda

This tweet from poet Janel Pineda, @Pindeda_Janel, reads "it's such a reminder of the need to be patient with poems. we always say, the poems are smarter than we are. and they are! we just have to give ourselves time to catch up to them."

Lineage of Rain

The CutThe Mothers

I don’t have to get it down perfectly the first time. And neither do you.

Eva Recinos is a Los Angeles-based editor and writer. Her profiles, features and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, GOOD, The Guardian, KCET Artbound, Art21, Bitch, Jezebel and more. Her essays have appeared in Electric Literature, PANK, Blood Orange Review, Catapult, Refinery29 and more. She was a 2019 Idyllwild Writer's Week Nonfiction Fellow and a 2021 Pen America Emerging Voices Fellowship finalist. Eva runs a free monthly newsletter for creatives called Notes from Eva.

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