Friday, August 27, 2021

issue eighteen : guest-edited by Melissa Eleftherion

edited by Melissa Eleftherion
see here for Melissa Eleftherion’s introduction and biography

featuring new work by:

Caroline Goodwin
Nancy Chen Long

Elise Ficarra
Brenda Iijima

Florencia Milito
Saba Syed Razvi

Aileen Cassinetto
Zoe Tuck

Kim Shuck

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Author biographies: 

Aileen Cassinetto is the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County. Widely anthologized, she is also the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda (2010) and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems (2018), as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, The Banyan Review, Fellowship Magazine, Marsh Hawk Press Review, The Nonconformist Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Vox Populi, among others.

Elise Ficarra is a poet, writer, educator, and arts administrator. Her book Swelter was winner of the Michael Rubin Book Award at SF State. Her poetry is available in various online and print publications and has appeared in collective installations Broadside Attractions Vanquished Terrains (Intersection for the Arts) and 1078 Gallery.

Caroline Goodwin's recent collections are The Paper Tree (Big Yes Press, 2017) and Custody of the Eyes (dancing girl press, 2019). A new collection, Old Snow, White Sun, is forthcoming from JackLeg Press. These three poems are from Matanuska, which is forthcoming from Aquifer Press in Wales, UK. Goodwin lives on the San Mateo Coast with her two daughters and Jimi Hendrix the Pug.

Brenda Iijima is a poet, playwright, choreographer and visual artist. She is the author of nine books of poetry. Her involvements occur at the intersections and mutations of genre, mode, receptivity, and field of study. Her current work engages submerged and occluded histories, other-than-human modes of expression and telluric awareness in all forms. Iijima is the founding editor-publisher of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs. She lives in Brooklyn.

Nancy Chen Long is the author of Wider than the Sky (Diode Editions, 2020), which was selected for the Diode Editions Book Award, and Light into Bodies (University of Tampa Press, 2017), which won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Her work has been supported by a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing fellowship and a Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Award. You’ll find her recent poems in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, The Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She works at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division.

Born in Argentina, Florencia Milito spent part of her childhood in Venezuela and has lived in the United States since she was nine. She’s a bilingual poet, essayist, and translator, and her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Indiana Review, Catamaran, Entremares, Digging through the Fat, Diálogo, 92nd Street Y, Quiet Lightning, Ninth Letter, and Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA, among others. She’s a Hedgebrook and Community of Writers alumna, CantoMundo fellow, and former San Francisco Grotto fellow. Her bilingual collection Ituzaingó: Exiles and Reveries / exilios y ensueños was published by Nomadic Press in 2021.

Saba Syed Razvi, PhD is the author of the Elgin Award-nominated collection In the Crocodile Gardens (Agape Editions) and the collection heliophobia (Finishing Line Press), which appeared on the preliminary ballot for the Bram Stoker Award ® for Superior Achievement in Poetry, as well as the chapbooks Limerence & Lux (Chax Press), Of the Divining and the Dead (Finishing Line Press), and Beside the Muezzin’s Call & Beyond the Harem’s Veil (Finishing Line Press). She is currently an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, TX, where in addition to working on scholarly research on interfaces between contemporary poetry and science and on gender & sexuality in speculative and horror literature and pop-culture, she is writing new poems and fiction.

Kim Shuck was the 7th Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Shuck has authored eight solo books, edited a handful of anthologies and chapthologies, and has work in many anthologies and journals. In the aftermath of being SF laureate Shuck spends a great deal of time walking and not organizing poetry events. Kim's latest book is Exile Heart from That Painted Horse Press.

Zoe Tuck was born in Texas, became a person in California, and now lives in Massachusetts, where she is building the Threshold Academy, a future bookstore and non-traditional educational / performance space. With Britt Billmeyer-Finn, she co-curates the But Also house reading series. Zoe is the author of the chapbooks Every Poem I Wrote From 1 to 14 December 2020, Soft Investigations (Daisy Mayhem Books 2019) and Terror Matrix (Timeless, Infinite Light 2014). She is currently writing her newsletter, blogging about books, and teaching a year of classes on the literature of friendship through the Liminal Lab. Find out more at

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