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  • Winner of the 2013 RopeWalk Press Editor's Fiction Chapbook Award.

    Harsh and beautiful, yearning and deadly, the stories of Soma Mei Sheng Frazier will remind you of nothing less than the whole wide world.

    —Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket books When Did You See Her Last and A Series of Unfortunate Events

    Brilliant is a word usually associated with diamonds therefore this is the appropriate word for Soma Mei Sheng Frazier who writes like a young Toni Morrison: clear, clean yet heart skipping for all the things she is not telling. Crisp. Deliciously enticing as the story unfolds. Soma is a wonderful writer on the rise. Perhaps I should have started this story with the first star of evening, visible to our planet but harking of another shore, lighting our sky. We walk the beach with her. And the tide pulls the diamonds to our hands.

    —Nikki Giovanni, author named one of "25 Living Legends" by Oprah

KPFA 94.1 FM – Mon, Nov. 2 @ 3:30 PM

Had a blast in the studio today recording a brief reading for 94.1 FM KPFA‘s A Rude Awakening alongside poets Nick Johnson and Mk Chavez. The show airs at 3:30 PM on Monday, Nov. 2 but you can also catch it online anytime after that at My hat’s off, too, to Nomadic Press. The reason for the radio show: I’ve … Continue reading

Original Shorts, LitQuake 2015

I look forward to donning my Original Shorts, for the first time, at LitQuake 2015. Let’s hope they aren’t too revealing. — Six short story authors take on the challenge of writing an original story on the theme “Love-Hate.” Hear these previously unheard stories about the ultimate internal conflict. Hosted by James Warner. Featuring: Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, … Continue reading

Get Lit

…at Ale Industries in Fruitvale. Food truck, beer, coffee, live music – and short-short 3 min. literary sets. Kind of like literary tapas. Due to the success of our reading at the Make Out Room in SF, I’m going to try and pull Oakland rapper/writer (and – little known fact – international debate champion) Tay … Continue reading

CBS Local Piece: Holy Crizzap, I’m a Professor

As a kid I’d watch my mom grading papers late into the night – exhausted, she squinted at her work in a soft circle of lamplight; stood to stretch, now and again. As she worked incessantly I witnessed summers “off” transformed into summers on: the beach forgotten in the excitement of designing or retooling a … Continue reading

Much Respect, Many Thanks to ZYZZYVA and HBO Access

Count me as a frequent flyer on cloud nine for now. Bizarrely, my first attempt at screenwriting made it into the top 1% of 2,000 submissions considered for the HBO Access fellowship. While I won’t be advancing in the competition, this nod and the chance to yap on the phone with the stellar Kelly Edwards – … Continue reading

Cheers: Writers With Drinks

On August 8, I’ll perform 3 collaborative pieces with Oakland rapper Tay off the Top at Writers With Drinks at the Make Out Room in SF. Stage meets page in a new way, hosted by the dazzling Charlie Jane Anders. Please come out and join us if you’re looking to be entertained – and when you … Continue reading

Hats Off to Kore Press

…for offering women writers an established venue in which to publish their work. Since 1993, Kore has provided a diverse yet curated offering spanning multiple literary genres. I was deeply honored to have a poem included in their 2012 “Best Of” anthology, and am equally juiced now to see this short piece on motherhood featured … Continue reading

Wake Up, San Leandro

What do literary enigma Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), acclaimed poet Arisa White, HBO Def Poetry Jams phenom’ Paul Flores, celebrated author Ariel Gore, PBS People’s Choice Award-winning filmmaker Arpita Kumar, musician Antique of Antique Naked Soul and ten other stellar artists have in common? San Leandro. That’s right. The sleepy little city of San Leandro. … Continue reading

Pushcart Nomination: “Maybe I Should Call This Fiction”

On a day that reminds us to give thanks, I am deeply grateful to Eclectica Magazine for nominating a short piece of mine for the Pushcart Prize. “Maybe I Should Call This Fiction” is a story I was petrified of sending out into the world, and I’m bowled over by this vote of support from … Continue reading

Thanks SF Weekly. Awkwardly Honored + Humbled

I got into writing to hold the page firmly out in front of my face. But the more one puts out into the world, the more the world invites engagement. And it’s a blessing + honor to be able to say yes, no matter how shy we are; no matter how uncomfortable it is to … Continue reading


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