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ERIKA ORTIZ, Literary and Copy Editor Emerita

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View from the top of the Martello Tower in Sandycove, Dublin. (ERIKA ORTIZ/THE OBSERVER)

A Weekend In James Joyce’s Dublin

July 4, 2017

As I climb the narrow spiral of stone steps, my anxiety builds. With each slow, careful step I get closer to the top of the tower; the first stop on a long list of destinations. As I reach the last few...

The stage of the Globe before Act 2 of

Violent Delights, Violent Ends: “Romeo and Juliet” at The Globe

July 4, 2017

Before attending a production at the Globe Theatre, especially one as famed as William Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet,” I expected a certain level of traditionalism; after all, the stated practice...

Dave Pickering warmly welcomed everyone to the Spark London event on Monday, June 12. (ERIKA ORTIZ/THE OBSERVER)

Spark London: Brits with Tales to Tell

June 25, 2017

Before I left for my month-long study in London, I met up with an Anglophile friend of mine to ask for her advice. She had visited England several times, so I wanted to pick her brain not only about places...

An Evening With Carl Hancock Rux

An Evening With Carl Hancock Rux

February 2, 2016

On the evening of Jan. 26 in the 12th Floor Lounge of Lowenstein, Fordham’s Creative Writing department (in conjunction with the Fordham-based literary magazine, CURA) sponsored a prose reading and...

More than a couple of lovebirds. (VIA FLICKR)

The Zoo Theory

October 21, 2015

My mother has this theory on relationships that I don’t quite understand. Logically, it doesn’t make any sense. And yet, against all rationality, it’s proved itself quite true—at least in my mother’s...

We'll all float on. (PHOTO VIA FLICKR)

Time Above The Earth

September 22, 2015

As my mother and I walked up 10th Avenue, wandering the streets surrounding school before officially moving in the next day, I decided to take her on the scenic route through Lincoln Center. We walked...