Featured Essays

A Taste of Honey

Malcolm Marchman, January 17, 2014

They say that a taste of honey is worse than none at all. Let me explain. As a child, I was a voracious reader. I imagined myself sitting among the founding fathers as they risked their lives debating the single words that would comprise the Declaration of Independence. I also had the privilege of watching the life of Dr. Martin Luther King on a grainy black and white television in the 1960's.

PPCC Voice

A Promise of War

David Musgrove, November 25, 2013

I couldn’t sleep sometimes. And when I could, it didn’t really matter. I was always off somewhere, in dreams of day and night, always somewhere other than where I really was at the moment. I was in the field. I was in the water. I was in the jungle. I was in the dark in the snow. And I was in the sand.

Artist Voices

Nothing Pretty

David Hoff, November 25, 2013

From the streets of Baltimore City, growing up in the rough streets of the ghetto, the first thing one sees when venturing into the world in search of ascending to manhood is war. Nothing is pretty about it, nor is it as enticing as movies make it out to be. In reality, it’s better to be born blind than to have to see war through the eyes of a soldier in hostile territory.


Lovin' It

Julie Berogan, April 7, 2014

Unlike Mr. Squarepants who sees his work as the best job ever, and happily prepares the krabby patties, most fast food employees aren’t exuberant or striving to attain the golden spatula. In fact, they don’t even want to be there. Watching the clock becomes an activity. The minutes melt away like the grease on the patties. Attitudes reflect that minimum wage loosely translates to minimum effort.


Poverty Writing and Art Contest

February 5, 2014

Submit writing or artwork by Feb. 21st to parley@ppcc.edu. Winners will receive a prize and be published in Parley 2014.