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Erika Andrade

Erika Andrade

Erika, writer and photographer for EGMN, earned a Creative Writing B.A. from the University of Houston December 2010. Currently, she's trying to break the bad habit of eavesdropping on peoples' laughter.

  “Where do you work to look at animals and hug them? El Abrazoo” And another for consolation: “What did the corn tortilla tell the wheat tortilla? No te agüites” One usually doesn’t attend a poetry reading expecting to hear jokes— unless you’re coming to hear Javier O. Huerta, that …

If you want to commit a murder make sure you are white, have a fat wallet for a good legal defense and kill a person of color, recommended David R. Dow, the moderator of Black, Brown and Invisible: Minorities on Death Row, a roundtable discussion about the death penalty at …

    Después de asistir el jueves 22 de septiembre a la presentación Black, Brown and Invisible: Minorities on Death Row, una discusión sobre las minorías bajo la pena de muerte, tuve la oportunidad de entrevistar brevemente a Ricardo Ampudia, periodista, diplomático y ex cónsul general de México aquí en Houston. Ampudia, autor …

  Yes, sometimes we want to go back and wrap ourselves in the comfort of childhood. When our smiles and laughs were more sincere than cynical. When you would wake up in the middle of the night to your parents’ arguments in the living room, and you’d have no choice …

  Assignment: (Erika Andrade) Norman Rockwell took photos to makes his iconic paintings. Let’s do the opposite and recreate a painting, artwork, or iconic photo.  

Remember the time when going through the family photo album was a private and personal experience?  Before the big leap in digital photography or social networking, when the only people that could see your baby pictures were those who came into your house and, after much defeated resistance, dating partners? Yes, …

Everyone watched. Her tutu bounced to the rhythm of her tip-toed dance. She could not hear the music over her own heart-pounding but carried on the performance because she had memorized the steps. She could not make out her family in the crowd, but she knew they were present. She …

My biggest mistake prior to graduation was not having a plan after the ceremony. I set a goal to graduate within four years or I would be an utter failure to myself— how, why, don’t ask.