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in the quiet light.

alex elle is a proud queen, poet and author of the book words from a wanderer, which encourages its readers with comforting words and messages, reiterating that “not all those who wander are lost; some are simply still finding their way.” here, alex reveals how she is finding her way and what it takes to stay the course. 

0V: when did you develop a passion for writing? can you remember the subject matter from your earliest writings? 

alex elle [ae]: my passion for writing was birthed around the age of twelve. i gravitated toward it because i struggled with depression and uncertainty, that i wasn’t comfortable sharing with anyone. with that being the case, i sought comfort in my journal.

0V: who are your inspirations: in writing, in life? 

ae: my greatest inspiration is my daughter; she is so vibrant and full of light. i had her at age eighteen, and at that time i was in a really dark place. she changed my life, and made me aware of who and what i was living for. i also write a lot about my personal journey which helps illustrate who i am now, where i came from, and where i am headed.

0V: what is your definition of a queen?

ae: a woman who is able to keep her crown on during adversity is a queen. a woman who can greet hatred with love is a queen. women can do anything, go anywhere, and do so quietly without having to say a word about her royalty. i truly feel in my heart that each woman on earth is a queen in her own right, some just aren’t aware yet. they’ll get there.

0V: how has motherhood shaped you?

ae: motherhood has molded me into superwoman. i am driven to be a bright light to guide my daughter. nothing can get in my way when it comes to her. momma bear to the max!

0V: aside from writer, mother and queen, what other hats do you wear?

ae: i make things. my jewelry line shopals will be three years old soon, and it’s amazing how far the brand has come! i am a full time entrepreneur, so being creatively stimulated is a must; i try and keep busy with new projects if i have extra time. i pay myself to do what i love and it’s so worth it! 

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0V: liz lemon

lifestyles director


i was in the backseat of my friend’s car riding past old apartments, cafes where i downed bottomless mimosas, howard’s campus where i went through my first period of growing pains – i was home. the city where family lived up the street no matter what quadrant i was in, i couldn’t turn a corner without seeing a familiar face, and where there are more flowers and trees that line the streets than trash. the persistent stiffness in my shoulders loosened and i was weakened with tears of gratitude. humbled by the refuge i found in those four quadrants, but also by the love of my friends that transcends the complexities of my new life.

living in new york has been romanticized in media for decades. yes, most of us who choose to live here seek the unparalleled opportunities this city has to offer. but it comes at a price. life in new york can be suffocating with insecurity, ulterior motives, and the constant hustle. there is a concerted effort to be made in order to seek the beauty of nature, or the authenticity of a friendship, or even a quiet corner to just breathe. found weekly metro cards, a seat on the train, or a commute less than an hour are small victories. getaways are a necessity in order to maintain sanity. still, there is no place that is more gratifying

photos by: andre d wagner

0IIIelise peterson

lifestyles journalist + assistant art director