Calling all CECELIA interns🙂!

By Rosalie Tirella

Christmas CECELIAs delivered!

CECELIA in the city! photo: R.T.


Hoping to bring in some young writers – interns – in the spring. CECELIA needs youthful spirit! Yes, you can be “young at heart” – but up to a point! 60 is … well, 60! 90 is miraculous … but not 20.

A year ago we had a Doherty High School student write for us. She was born and raised (her early years) in Iraq. Sweet person, solid writer, who wanted to major in the sciences in college. I loved her story on her grandmother’s garden in Iraq, the growing and the eating of dates, what they signified back in her homeland. … Four years ago we were chatted up by the METRO counter girl while paying our cell phone bill on Cambridge Street and decided to make her our intern. She gushed: I WANT TO BE CARRIE IN SEX AND THE CITY!!! That sealed the deal for me!

“Mary” turned out to be the opposite of Carrie: poor, husband incarcerated, lived in a shelter with her kids for two years before ending up in an apartment in Main South. She had a fraught relationship with her mother … and yet she was Carrie! … young, pretty, romantic, deeply in love with her man, a deeply personal and open writer. Gifted! We jumped in to make it all better: Dorrie gave her bags of cute clothes. I gave her my new twin bed and mattress set (with new comforter and sheets) because Mary said her little boy needed his own bed.

The big-hearted Bill Riley, head of the St. John’s Food for the Poor program, drove up to my Vernon Hill three decker in his van and picked up my bed set and drove it to Mary’s apartment. We even pushed – former District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller and I – for Mary to get hired by a local social service agency. Mary got the job and left her Mcjob behind for a CAREER, a position that paid more money and that she loved.

She never thanked me for her “good luck.” Not once. Ahh, youth!

So, if you’re young and want to write for me, send me two essays. I don’t care if you have a high school degree or plan to go to college. We can tell if you’re any good by your second paragraph. Don’t inundate me with your brilliance, please! – just email me two essays: