ItemLive(2020-08) Cardin, JenniferPLEASE TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THIS WORK: We only get one life. I realized the only reason I feared death is because sometimes I feel like I haven't been living. This story is a reminder to live the one life you have so that when your time comes, your time will have been well spent. ItemSkinny-Fat(2020-08) Wang, JenniferPLEASE TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THIS WORK: I've always had an uneasy relationship with my body because I am what Western society considers "skinny" or "average" but I am "fat" by Asian standards. At my lowest weight, I was also my least fit, and I wanted to express the frustrations I never felt like I could voice because I'm not fat (and I don't want to contribute to fatphobia). However, beauty standards are so limiting that they can do a number on all sorts of body types, and I wanted to share the microaggressions. ItemLittle Loves(2020-08) Cardin, JenniferPLEASE TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THIS WORK: This peice is inspired by my definition of love. I think love is both a spontaneous draw and a conscious choice, a passionate longing, a strong affection for, a good will towards, understanding, serving, remembering, and hoping for the better for anyone or anything. Love is predicated on truth and a moral good. Love serves to connect us to life itself.Love can be found all over the place. This story was a reflection of sitting across from a friend in the quiet, ordinary parts of life that get overlooked and realizing the pure love I felt for him. ItemEpidemic(2020-08) Wang, JenniferPLEASE TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THIS WORK: I actually wrote this when we had the case of Ebola here in Dallas. I listened to an NPR piece about the stigma that Thomas Eric Duncan's neighborhood was facing, and it made me think about how racism was fueling the hysteria and how that's a bigger epidemic. I hate that almost everything in this poem is still relevant and there was very little I had to edit. ItemSerendipitous words(2020-08) Neelam, SudhaPLEASE TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THIS WORK: In a world where everyone glorifies busyness; slowing down comes with its own challenges. While we slow down and reflect on our lives, our environment and the beautiful world around us; we discover the true meaning of happiness. serendipitous words is my own way of discovering and cherishing the beauty and simplicity of happiness. ItemBlue(2020-08) Wang, JenniferPLEASE TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT INSPIRED THIS WORK: This poem originated as fanfiction about the anime Free! The main character is an introverted blue-eyed boy who only feels like himself when he's swimming. He made me think about how you can love something as much as person, and I combined his perspective with my own fascination with the ocean.