The Polk Street Review 2021

Over 100 pieces of original prose, poetry, song lyrics, and art images published in the 2021 edition of The Polk Street Review!

The 2021 edition’s theme prompt is Family Traditions, Old & New. When we chose the 2021 theme prompt in early January 2020, we couldn’t have known how applicable it would become due to COVID-19.

My piece “Traditions passed down from a galaxy far, far away…” won 3rd place in the prose category.

Recommended Books

Women’s History

  • Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
  • Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe by Gayle Wald
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Mythology & Metaphysics

  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
  • Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine by Lama Tsultrim Allione
  • The Force is With You by Stephen Simon


  • Happiness Becomes You: A Guide Into Changing Your Life for Good by Tina Turner
  • Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children by Sarah Napthali
  • The Buddha’s Guide to Gratitude: The Life-changing Power of Every Day Mindfulness by Becca Anderson
  • The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness the Dalai Lama