Mornings After

Our only-waking moments.

Zohra Atash’s Waking Dream

When I try to create in that hypnagogic state, I’m tapping into a voice that when awake I am continually suppressing. More

Ana Cecilia Alvarez

Ganzeer’s Internal Alarm

It’s warm but you still have some of the cool breeze from the evening, and you have the beautiful morning light. If you’re showered and had your breakfast, you feel refreshed and full; there’s nothing to worry about. More

Ana Cecilia Alvarez

Katherine Bernard’s Basic August

There’s this golden hour in the afternoon when the sun hits a window across the garden and beams a really beautiful light back onto my bed. It’s like this lighthouse symbol to back me away from the cliffs. More

Ana Cecilia Alvarez

Lisa Lucas’s Shower Blues

For years I woke up with the sun, until the trucks came along. Now I have a white noise machine and blackout curtains and an alarm set to jazz—the crazy experimental kind of jazz. More

Ana Cecilia Alvarez

Natasha Lennard’s Pre-Dawn

I don’t wake up and do a stretch or a sun salutation. I give a middle finger to sun and get on with my day.

Ana Cecilia Alvarez

Porochista Khakpour’s Eye Mask

One morning I will wake up and someone will be raving about Gwyneth Paltrow’s new almond butter cookies, and I think, “today, I want that for dinner.” More

Ana Cecilia Alvarez

Nightmom’s Deep Breakfast

Otherwise I get woken up by the beautiful sunlight, semi-trucks, maybe somebody screaming. And some reggaeton. More

Ana Cecilia Alvarez

Chuka Chukuma’s Dog Rock

I woke up with flashes of eating tacos and maybe high-fiving one of those guys, with metal playing in the background. Last night was good. More

Ana Cecilia Alvarez

Monica Heisey’s Classic Comedy

I know a lot of people who have guilt about staying in bed, but to me it’s just like a couch with blankets and I get a lot of good work done. More

Erich Deleeuw

Haley Mlotek’s To-Do Lists

I feel like in that way I am a bad boss for myself; it should be the reverse, I should prioritize myself more. More

Ana Cecilia Alvarez

Raven Rakia’s Changing Routes

In the mornings Harlem is mostly parents taking their kids to school, or on Sundays there’s church music playing so I walk around and listen. More

Ana Cecilia Alvarez