Illustration © Geoffrey Fallon


Proud Instead of Loud

Some would suggest
That raising the volume
Would increase awareness,
And yet they are unaware
That some will never care.
Nevertheless, pride involves much more
Than reverence and respect,
So expect more from oneself
To have a newfound sense of


Alex Andy Phuong (He/Him/His) earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University—Los Angeles. Emma Stone inspired Alex to write passionately after watching her Oscar-winning performance in La La Land. He now writes hoping to inspire the ones who dream.

Geoffrey Fallon is a writer and cartoonist. His comic “The Secrets of Skinny People” runs every Monday at Oddball Magazine.