📢 Raise Your Voice Thread: 12/7/2023

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By Raise Your Voice by VocalPublished 3 months ago 1 min read

Our “Raise Your Voice Threads” are hosted every other Thursday at 12PM ET to offer creators more avenues to uncover exceptional stories on Vocal. As we are continuously searching for fresh creators and inspiring stories, this thread provides an opportunity to exchange and discuss the stories that have moved and motivated us on Vocal.

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After a 9-month hiatus, Ési Flores' return to the platform with the poem, "They Say Love Isn't Real," absolutely entranced us with its scenes of daily border life. Inspired by powerful graffiti art, we feel the humanity of life's challenges in every word and are left wondering who says love isn't real, and who is love real for?

Now it's your turn. Share your favorite stories in the comments below.

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  • Semra kurt2 months ago

    https://vocal.media/authors/semra-kurt Hello, I'm Semra. I'm an art historian, specializing in handicrafts, and I also teach Turkish language and literature. I love writing and would appreciate it if you could read my articles because your critiques are immensely valuable to me. ❤️❤️❤️ https://vocal.media/stories?status=published ❤️❤️❤️

  • Cyrus3 months ago


  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    I had Rene Volpi-but it already got TS. Yeah.... https://vocal.media/humans/the-day-i-learned-i-was-nobody The stories of Umama Zahir https://vocal.media/poets/who-was-he-uvgz0vbj

  • Doc Sherwood3 months ago

    This is an old one, but I've been meaning to give it shout-out here for a while. The high school drama is quite a popular choice here on Vocal, and one in which I've been known to dabble myself, and as with any subgenre it has its poles at which certain extremes of lived experience might be narrated. Courtney Ann in the story below gives us a very welcome alterative take to that. Here are the familiar tropes - peer pressure, study anxiety, fashion and hormones - but with a consistent focus on lyricism over grittiness. The author is also a poet, and this is apparent from her prose style - "kissed by the sweet smell of rainwater" is just lovely. Nothing's been heard from this obviously gifted writer for two years now, but I post the above in the hopes of her reading this one day. Where are you, Courtney Ann? https://vocal.media/fiction/school-days-part-1

  • Natasha Collazo3 months ago

    I’m Natasha, also known as Sunny. I am a writer based in Florida ☺️ it’s currently 70 degrees and beautiful. Some of us are a bit chilly 😆 I recommend checking out: Opps I accidentally forgot to write by Steven Christopher McKnight https://vocal.media/journal/oops-i-accidentally-forgot-to-write And Ripples in reality by Rosie J.Sargent https://vocal.media/journal/ripples-in-reality

  • Poppy 3 months ago

    I think more people should see this challenge by Donna Fox, it’s a great idea!! https://vocal.media/writers/the-graveyard-challenge

  • Daphsam3 months ago

    I am a artist who loves to write and weaving in my art. This creator writes wonderful book reviews. https://vocal.media/bookclub/seasons-readings

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Hi. I'm Cathy, crazy Canuck crafting poetry and fiction. I'd like to recommend this awesome poem from Poppy. https://vocal.media/poets/our-fractured-fairytale

  • JBaz3 months ago

    I’m just a person who loves to invent stories from everyday life. This creator always shows an interesting way of telling a story, from different perspectives. With ease, and unique approach. Try this you will not be sorry Mark Gagnon https://vocal.media/theSwamp/campaign-killer

  • Mackenzie Davis3 months ago

    Erin Shea really impressed me with this poem: https://vocal.media/poets/artificial-light-ho1vh0hd2 I recommend giving it a couple read throughs. Her brilliance needs to sit for a spell.

  • JBaz3 months ago

    For someone who is not a poet, I have begun to appreciate the beauty and the talent that Vocal produces. Kristen Bayleat is one of the new authors I have recently been following, her work is amazing and natural. I recommend this piece of hers https://vocal.media/art/dear-favorite-tree

  • Tressa Rose3 months ago

    Shoutout to Cathy Holmes for another awesome piece. Cursive kisses in fountain pen heart was perfect! https://vocal.media/poets/fountain-pen-heart

  • Here are five stories worth a Top Story Status in my opinion This useful one from Mother Combs https://vocal.media/fyi/producing-a-vocal-story-with-your-phone-or-tablet This fun one from Daohsam https://vocal.media/fiction/dyeing-for-christmas A lovely poem from The Invisible Writer https://vocal.media/poets/you-s39o0atj Some great writing advice from Deni Sahaya https://vocal.media/chapters/4-top-pieces-of-the-worst-writing-advice And finally this excellent poem from Sam The Doula (Blooming Miracle) https://vocal.media/poets/between-two-storms

  • Celia in Underland3 months ago

    Really enjoying Gerald Holmses' series. Great characterisation and am waiting on episodes! https://vocal.media/chapters/the-library-6q1v1028h Also River Joy's 'Hal' is brillantly executed and extremely intriguing. Looking forward to more https://vocal.media/chapters/hal-2n5c0cgt There are so many more but don't want to write an essay!

  • Paul Stewart3 months ago

    Hello Vocal community and Vocal team, I'm that Scottish-Italian word maligner-type poet, writer, horror writer, whatever. I like donuts and cheese and yeah. I want to take a moment to highlight these pieces: Trust By Tressa Rose - https://vocal.media/poets/trust-881tr0hfa Oh Stupid Cupid by Natasha Collazo - https://vocal.media/poets/oh-stupid-cupid (An entry into my own unofficial challenge thing) Where by Sara - https://vocal.media/poets/where-bz1s80942 Between Two Storms by Sam The Doula (Blooming Miracle) - https://vocal.media/poets/between-two-storms Thank you!

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Hey creators, it's just me, Dana again, out here slinging words around. I thought I'd give a shout out to Daphsam for offering some nice Christmas card themed greetings for anyone wanting to create a unique card: https://vocal.media/humor/50-festive-christmas-greetings-serving-up-holiday-cheer-with-birdies-laughter-and-stock-picks

  • Judey Kalchik 3 months ago

    Along with family and holidays- depression hits us during these dark weeks of December. Randy’s piece isn’t heavy handed, but that makes the factual poem that much stronger. https://vocal.media/poets/one-last-supper

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