About Annabelle Woodward

Posts by Annabelle Woodward:

the wizard man (Lisa Fasol)

The Wizard Man

morality. magic. also, cats.

He was the wizard of a thousand kings surveying his domain. One nostril smelt it burning. Empty windows pasted thick with circus fliers ran up the high street. His left hand twitched. A Boots and a Ladbrokes. Two towers. The wizard man strode on, his chattering jewelry announcing his presence to the street’s occupants. Tonight,…

A-Piece-About-Pumpking-Spice (Jennifer Xiao)

Pumpkin Spice

& other autumnal existential comforts

Solomon 001 holds a tense calm at 10:00 a.m., recently emptied in quiet preparation for the lecture to come. Although November has been full of sunny mornings and temperatures that barely qualify as sweater weather, the lecture hall is fixed in a cold, desolate winter. Off-yellow incandescent lights cast awkward shadows on the half-erased blackboard…

Book Signing (Erica Lewis)

A Book Signing

four strangers become friends

Meeting your favorite writer in the flesh and blood is not always the same as reading their thoughts in paper and ink. Their voice, which fills pages with its rich magic, does not sound the same when they speak aloud. It is easy to expect writers to be an amalgamation of their characters—both vulnerable and…

Aurora

Creative Capital

remembering the aurora club

It’s nighttime in downtown Providence and the fairy lights that adorn Westminster Street cast a warm glow on the faces of a small crowd of young people loitering outside a lively, though not crowded, venue. The space, former home to The Roots Cafe and the Providence Black Repertory, is none other than Aurora, “a mixed-use…

Taylor-Swift-Country-(Jie-En-Lee

redneck heartbreak

in defense of swift and the grand ole genre

One warm afternoon in the fall of 2008, my best friend Alex and I lay spread-eagle on the trampoline in her backyard and stared up at the cloudless Virginia sky. Taylor Swift’s “Hey Steven” played from the tinny speakers of my LG Chocolate Slide. We were two starry-eyed, self-involved preteen girls coming of age in…