Submissions for aurora Issue 2: Kira-Kira are now closed.

✨ In addition to our usual focus on nature writing and feminism, our upcoming second issue of aurora will be centered around the theme kira-kira. In Japanese, “kira-kira” キラキラ is an onomatopoeic word for glittering or shining. Whether it’s the gem-like reflections of the ocean, or the mysterious glint in a cavern, or the look in someone’s eye, some things are just light. We want to hear about it. ✨

Stay tuned on our website and social media for announcements about the release of our second issue!

To the reader,

Welcome to our inaugural issue, or as I prefer to call it: our immersion into the universe.

Esther J. Santiago, Letter from the Editor

☀️ click the cover to read the full issue! ☀️

love song micropoetry

by Esther J. Santiago Ah, Valentine’s Day—sips cup of hot cocoa—the one day to splurge on yourself or a loved one. It’s also the one day when it’s tolerable to be cheesy. No? There’s no excuse for being cheesy?  What do you think? Throughout  the first half of February, we are bombarded with roses, chocolates,Continue reading “love song micropoetry”

stay home this christmas, and send a poem to your loved ones

by Esther J. Santiago My grandmother refers to social-distancing as an “act of love.” This way, you protect yourself and others. We try our best to stay healthy these days by staying six-feet apart, wearing masks, washing hands, foregoing hugs, etc. As positive cases for COVID-19 continue to rise, we must take upon ourselves extraContinue reading “stay home this christmas, and send a poem to your loved ones”


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