Posts by Ophilia

[the siren's story]

In loose interpretation of the current theme: Lost Treasure, I offer up [the siren’s song] a work by Barbara Jane Reyes.

she wasn’t born in this city. she found its basalt greenstone chunks, seafloor forced skyward. it found her hands through mist and odors whirring pigeons’ clubfeet fluttering, toothless men’s paper sacks spilling elixirs, roots, shark fin tonics. heat swelling sewer steam rising, side street chess match maneuvers mystifying. it sought her whirlwind hair, grown seavine thick. songbird, adrift, nestling neon, she crafted snares for moths, butterflies, treasure hunting children tracing ideographs: sky, sun. patina spires, smirking dragon boys humming silk lanterns, flight of phoenixes through fish vendors’ stalls, corrugated plastic blackbird perches, jade-ringed gardens, needle-tipped shanties. it bulleted trees, lighting hash pipes; herbalists’ storefront canopies concealing leathered men, versed in languages of whiskered ghosts. it invented her dialect carving tongue: salt fables, yellow caution tape palaces. she lost herself in this city. it lured her, drank her air; honey voice’s precision, hybrid beyond memory. songbird, adrift, this city’s misplaced siren. migration patterns subterranean streams swallowed whole.

If  gold, your figure as mirror on the ground is

Theme of the week: Mirror

Here’s a quick, 9 minute episode of the Poetry Foundation’s podcast, where Khadijah Queen reads her poem “If  gold, your figure as mirror on the ground is” Followed by a brief discussion of the writing ☺

The editors discuss Khadijah Queen’s poem “If  gold, your figure as mirror on the ground is” from the October 2018 issue of Poetry.
A reading with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Don’t miss out on this reading on Nov. 19th! Organized by California College of the Arts MFA program!

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday) is an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor’s choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Nylon, and Guernica, among others. Rojas Contreras has received awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move clouds.

195 De Haro Street San Francisco, CA 94107 United States + Google Map
Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday) is an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers sel…
Nov 12th - Lit events in the bay


there are a number of events that caught my eye this coming week. They’re on the same night of November 12th. Happy Endings: I Can’t Thank You Enough stood out to me, because it is simply such a sweet n’ true premise:

the best boundaries

A poem I wrote, fit for the theme: Doorways and Thresholds This poem is my slightly macabre dance with a Dr. Seussian styling. Read it in the spirit of play.

The first threshold crosses me before I cross it

2019 National Book Awards

As a follow up to the recent shout out post about LeVar Burton hosting this year’s National Book Awards — here is footage of the event! Give it a watch / listen for a lovely, relaxing hour and a half.

For the love of simple questions

craving new poetry recommendations. Particularly women/PoC writers and those with an erotic/spiritual/existential/intimate angling. Who do you recommend?

LeVar burton & the National Book Awards

LeVar Burton is a ceaseless inspiration. I couldn’t think of a better host for this year’s National Book Awards, celebrating its 70th anniversary on Nov. 20th. Keep your eyes on this one ☺

The National Book Foundation announced today that LeVar Burton, acclaimed actor and entertainment industry professional, will host the 70th National Book Awards on November 20, 2019 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
exactly! they said...

Bay Area Event Alert! This is “A Festival of Short Stories by California Writers Brought Straight to the Stage" that ends on November 7th! It started on the 1st of November but there are a couple of nights you can still catch if you’re in the area! Check it out & get tickets here, loves!

Word for Word’s First-Ever Short Story Contest Having transformed short stories verbatim to the stage for the past 25 years, Word for Word now wants to extend this singular experience to writers throughout California. We are seeking short stories from all points of view, from California’s rich diversity of writers, published or unpublished. “Exactly!” They Said... will call for submissions by California short story writers from January 17 - March 25, 2019. The festival will take place from October 29 - November 3. Festival activities will include a writers salon hosted by Greg Sarris (Grand Avenue, Watermelon Nights, How A Mountain was Made), and other activities. The Festival will culminate in staged readings of three jury selected short stories, performed in Word for Word’s signature Off the Page style (November 1-3).