Juan David was born in the city of Manizales, Colombia and immigrated to the United States of America in 2003. He holds a minor in Cinema Studies from the Film Program at the University of Central Florida and is currently working towards his Bachelor’s in English Literature and a certificate in TESOL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). After finishing his Editorial Internship with Ocean Drive Magazine in Miami Beach, Juan now works as an Editorial Intern for Financial Ops magazine. He was recently hired as an Editorial Intern for the Orlando Business Journal. On his free time, Juan also enjoys working as a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future. His passion for writing is both creative and professional. He enjoys writing poetry as much as he enjoys writing articles.
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Financial Ops magazine
-The changing landscape: Robert Half releases its 2014 Salary Guide-11/20/13
-Netsuite pursues market share in the highly competitive cloud-computing race-10/18/13
-What CFOs know about employee productivity and awareness of strategic objectives-09/05/13
Ocean Drive Magazine
-Sunset Harbour’s Anchor-09/01/13
Central Florida Future
-Education affordability must stay top priority-09/16/13
-Alumni find success on the silver screen-03/14/13
-Mills Avenue and Winter Park bar scenes offer a refreshing mix of old and new-12/05/12
-UCF jazz chamber ensemble performs its last show of the semester-11/29/12
-Orchestra transforms tango in summer series-06/11/12
Myths of the Near Future E-Magazine
Young Poet’s Network Giant Olympic Relay Poem
-The Giant Olympic Relay Poem is Here!
The Cadaverine Magazine
-Pair of Jeans and Corduroys
Young Poet’s Network Imagined Lives Poetry Challenge
The Shine Journal Poetry Award
-“From Ink and Violet Memories”
The Poetry Society of England
-Commended Foyle Young Poet of the Year 2009
Maya Angelou once said, “a bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” As an aspiring Poet/Journalist, I fancy Angelou’s remarkable insight. We all have a story to tell. Why do YOU sing? Many certainly do so to find answers. Others sing because they have no choice and unfortunately–many many others–having the choice, cannot exercise it: because their religion tells them so, because their political party justifies it, because their country is at war. A bird, indeed, doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song–but when that song is stifled–that is when one should always demand an answer.
I once heard something about a writer being the voice of the soul. Therefore, in this blog I hope to encourage other writers to become the voice that always demands answers.
Get up, and write. Be the change that you want to see in the world.Prose it, blog it, text it, chant it, speak it, film it, write it! This, is the fire that we harbor. It is our duty…and I would hate to think a day might go by where the weak must remain in silence while the rest of us sit and watch; passive, impotent, and utterly afraid.
SO…how do I find my way around this blog???
- TWITTER: On the sidebar you may find my Twitter widget, which I keep up to date almost daily. Here I shall share anything I find interesting.Follow me!
- ARTICLES: I currently intern at Financial Ops magazine, and I write for the Central Florida Future. Here, you shall find every article I’ve written. Enjoy.
- HISPANICS IN AMERICA: Starting on January 2014 I will be interviewing Hispanic immigrants, documented or undocumented, and shining some light, giving them a voice, a space where they can tell their stories, and clear up some misconceptions about the way we live in the U.S. Stay tuned!
- TODAY: Every day thoughts. Here I will be posting mostly about personal advice (Juan’s Advice) for other writers, how to get internships, how to write a cover letter for a poetry magazine, and other everyday things I see or hear worth sharing; Favorite Poems, Poetry News, a favorite Song orQuote. Don’t for get to check everyday on the About sidebar!
- POETRY: Before I decided to dive into Journalism, I was a poet and shall always be. Lately I tend to write more prose and news, but when I do write a poem, this is where you shall find it.
- SHORT STORIES: I’ve only written two. Not much of a Short Story writer, but currently developing those skills–working on a story, I am on Chapter VII. I shall post it here when I am finished.
- PROSE: Random prose. Enjoy.
- SCRIPTS: I would love to write a screenplay some day. But it isn’t my priority. Here you can find one I wrote a couple of years ago. I gathered a film crew and directed a short piece. I’ll stick to writing instead.
- TECHNICAL WRITING DOCUMENTS: Documents I wrote for my Technical Writing class at the University of Central Florida. I also worked with Hammer&Stapes Productions writing out sponsorship packages, press releases, letters, and such over the summer. It can be fun.
- BLOGROLL: On the sidebar you will find a list of sites I deem important for every writer.However…
***IF YOU SCROLL ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM you will find updated RSS feeds on the News organizations, Poetry Foundations and Grammar & Linguistics blogs I like to follow:
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
NPR (National Public Radio)
The American Heritage Dictionary of English Usage
Writers & Poets
Poetry Foundation (Poem of the Day)
The Happiness Project