This was my first week news blogging for The Jersey City Independent, where I wrote several blog posts. I’m still trying to find my footing and blogging style for JCI and am also getting used to their style. So far, I’m really enjoying myself!
I also advanced the Everything Jersey City Festival for The Jersey Journal and was a guest blogger for the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival Blog. Overall, a pretty awesome week!
P.S. Some people have been confused – I am currently still freelancing arts articles for The Jersey Journal.
The Jersey City Independent
- ‘Principal For a Day’ Offers Inside Look at Jersey City Schools
- Art Show to Feature Doodle Artist Jon Burgerman and Pizza-Tossing Prodigy
- Free Ferry Rides For Military Personnel and Veterans During Fleet Week
- 90′s Pop Culture Tributes Sought for Art Show
- Jersey City Slam Prepares for National Poetry Slam in Charlotte
- Video Highlights Pushin’ Up The Daisies Festival
- Art Social Lets Artists Interact and Collaborate
- Jehovah’s Witnesses Kick Off Convention Series in Journal Square
- LGBT Film Festival to Screen Movie on Novelist Isherwood at LITM
- Report of Suspicious Package Jams Traffic on Grove
- Guardian Angels Program Could Improve Public Safety in Jersey City, Says Lopez
- ‘Taste of the Heights’ Kickoff Potluck Aims to Bond Neighbors
- Author Speaks on Holland Tunnel’s History at Barrow Mansion
- Over 900 to Graduate at HCCC Commencement, Local Developer to Be Honored
- PS 3 Kids Present Music Concert, Performance of Musical ‘Aladdin’
The Jersey Journal
- Everything Jersey City Festival Saturday on Central Avenue
- Marcos Garcia a.k.a. Chico Mann to perform at Everything Jersey City Festival Saturday
- AudioBodies to perform their urban world music Saturday at the Everything Jersey City Festival
Also, here is an excerpt from my blog post for the NJYPF blog:
My name is Summer Dawn Hortillosa and I’m a 21-year-old playwright and journalist from Jersey City. In 2007, I won the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest with my fractured fairy tale comedy, The Not-So-Lovely Tale of Strawberry Fructose. Recently, I directed a production of the latest play I’ve written, Secrets; Love, which was selected for the Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) in New York City.
Simply winning the contest doesn’t necessarily launch you into the world of theater, but PTNJ offers valuable experience and inspiration for many young playwrights, including myself.
There was something so magical about seeing my characters come to life, feeling the energy buzzing in the room because of my words and hearing the audience laugh at my jokes. I saw my idea completely realized – it grew in my brain, budded on the page and was born on the stage. Many young playwrights don’t ever get this chance; it’s something every festival selection’s writer should savor.
After the festival, I decided I wanted to be involved in theater in any way I could and ended up being involved in six productions that year – writing, directing, producing, acting, whatever I could.