Filipino Monsters and Folklore 101

Photo by Kleigh Balugo Filipino mythology and folklore are rich with unique creatures that outshine the Bigfoots of American lore. Some of them are absolutely terrifying, some of them are harmless, some of them are pranksters. Inspired by Kindergarten contributor Bianca’s piece on duwendes, we wanted to delve deeper and share more of the creatures… Continue reading Filipino Monsters and Folklore 101

The Spirit Playlist

In honor of the Spirit issue and all things creepy, we picked ghostly songs for this month’s playlist. Warning! Listening to this playlist may make you feel like you’re being haunted by a troubled spirit. Listen to the playlist here Jacquelyn Rodriguez “La Llorona” by Ángela Aguilar With mysterious origins, numerous versions, and breathtaking performances… Continue reading The Spirit Playlist


Photo by Lianelys Cabrera By Lianelys Cabrera Gone so fast never even asked my name I know I should be mad But still, I admire you from afar. I promise myself to not waste another minute never lose another moment  what could have been? But here I am, daydreaming a future that will never come… Continue reading Haunted

As I Return Home

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Molly Zofia As I return home In the witching hour  I feel what women fear. Streetlights burn our bodies and  Douse our skin in fire- A beacon of visibility That sets alight anxieties and Blisters with the  Aching encouragement of an Uninvited gaze. Quietly, the streets  Divine a story Predicted,… Continue reading As I Return Home

I Remember

Photo by Natalia Lee By Natalia Lee I remember when I didn’t see them. I remember when I did. I remember days sitting on my aunt’s bed as she blow dried my hair, staring into the eyes of a young girl hiding in her closet. After a while, I asked her to keep the closet… Continue reading I Remember


Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Francesca Bernardino This time of the year is always characterized by my pure denial that the cold, damp, dark part of the year is quickly approaching. For about a week now, I’ve been waking up for my 8am class to utter darkness. As I eat breakfast, I hope to catch… Continue reading Anti-Fall

Corner of the Room

Photo by Brigita Przybylski By Brigita Przybylski Each night I race to turn off my lamp  And tuck my head under the covers  As fast as I can  Pulling the blankets tight against my body  Giving up breathing for sanity  No area of skin must touch the night air Lest it wants to be vulnerable… Continue reading Corner of the Room

Teen Spirit

Photo by Jacquelyn Rodriguez By Jacquelyn Rodriguez An analysis of teen spirit when you feel like you never really had it. Turning 19 felt different than turning any other age – and I don’t mean that in an I-suddenly-woke-up-feeling-more-mature-type-of-way. What I mean is that turning 19 made me realize that I had entered my last… Continue reading Teen Spirit

Danse Macabre

Photo by Yumedyne By Yumedyne At the end of Ingmar Bergman’s ‘The Seventh Seal’, the personification of Death leads the film’s troupe of main characters in a wild dance of the dead across a distant hillside, a daisy chain of manic movements and ghostly wails as they are led out of existence. The themes of… Continue reading Danse Macabre


Photo by Bianca Bucu By Bianca Bucu “Tabi tabi po” is what my yaya taught me to say whenever we see a small hill in our backyard near the water tank. By saying, “Tabi tabi po,” it’s roughly translated into saying “Just passing by, or excuse me” as a sign of respect. My yaya told… Continue reading Duwende

An Ode to October

Photo by Sydney Stoddard By Sydney Stoddard There’s an understanding to the air of October. Like it gets it. It gets that the world is dark and scary and terrifying – but also full of wonder and potential and magic. It urges you to see both – both the ghosts behind closet doors and the… Continue reading An Ode to October


Photo by Brigita Przybylski By Brigita Przybylski Spun spiderwebs wrap around my ankles  Covering my legs in silky white cotton  Tightening their hold on me  So a devil red seeps and spreads through my skin  I feel something crawling down my back   An uncomfortable and invisible tickle  My arms shrink and become too short  As… Continue reading Spiderwebs


Photo by Greta Unetich By Greta Unetich Title and poem inspired by the works of Richard Siken Shut up. Shut up. I am in love with you. I am in love with you and now I am crushed. I don’t want to talk to you, not out of a place of malice, but because if… Continue reading Crush

The Ghosts of Our Lives

Photo by Ash Fuentes and Tracy Fuentes By Tracy Fuentes Okay, I know it’s October and not December, but how can we talk about spirit and ignore three iconic spirits: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future? Because let’s face it, what can be scarier than the Past and the Future? Nothing haunts me… Continue reading The Ghosts of Our Lives

Crying Like a Tall Child

Photo by Kleigh Balugo By Kleigh Balugo Mitski’s “First Love / Late Spring” is one of my favorite songs of all time. As the weather in the city grows colder and colder, the days become darker too. I often roam the streets reminiscing about summer, though I like to pretend it never left. I always… Continue reading Crying Like a Tall Child