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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

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

Things That Scare Me

1. From this website of 2-line horror stories: I begin tucking him into bed and he tells me, “Daddy, check for monsters under my bed.” I look underneath for his amusement and see him, another him, under the bed, staring back at me quivering and whispering, “Daddy, there’s somebody on my bed.” 2. My piece in … Continue reading

Autumn Reading w/ ZYZZYVA + Story in Fall Issue

I’m utterly honored to have been invited to read the story featured in ZYZZYVA‘s Fall Issue at the October 18 Lit Crawl Event. ZYZZYVA at Lit Crawl October 18, 2014, 6pm Casanova, 527 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110 It’s sure to be a fun night – hope to see y’all there!      

New Work in Eclectica Magazine + ZYZZYVA

Already on cloud 9 awaiting my contributor’s copy of ZYZZYVA‘s Fall Issue, feat. my story “Mr. Chompers,” I’ve just learned that Eclectica Magazine (ranked a top online publisher, based on its Million Writers Award numbers) will publish a new piece called “Maybe I Should Have Called This Fiction” in early October. Let us pray to whatever gods we pray to that … Continue reading

Chapbook Chat with Kiala Givehand, Generations Literary Journal

It was such a pleasure to speak with Kiala Givehand, Founding Editor, Generations Literary Journal. Click here to catch the interview, if you’re curious about the convo or the emerging role of fiction chapbooks in today’s publishing landscape. (That’s right, poets: we’re stealing that shizznit back!)

A Thousand Thanks . . .

. . . to Women’s Quarterly Conversation for publishing such a thoughtful profile. I realize if we lived here we could be home by now. So how do you suggest we communicate? Do we receive and appropriately reciprocate the words of another? Do we communicate the internal gestures of our own healing or projection of … Continue reading

Seattle AWP Folks, Let’s Link Up

Link up with Soma in Seattle on Wednesday, February 26, at the Kore Press Best of 2012 reading or Thursday, February 27, at Book-It Theatre’s event, The Stories She Carries. Best Of 411: Feb. 26, 5:30-7:00pm @ Black Coffee Coop 501 E Pine St, Seattle, Washington 98122 View Map · Get Directions A reading to celebrate the Best of … Continue reading


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