• 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, AKA Lemony Snicket

    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

    These intimate, gutsy, heartbreaking stories — stories about having bodies and having histories, having desire and having had desire — left me pleasantly shaken, cured of some psychic ailment I hadn't known I was afflicted with. This book is full of secrets, frank revelations, brutal honesties and tenderness; hard-won emotional truths and the bittersweet understanding that our primary relationship is with our self. —Michelle Tea

Holy Shizznikeys: Laureate & NPR Celeb?

COG, the literary journal I founded last year – which I run with my students at Cogswell College – is poised to announce the final judges of our two annual literary competitions, the COG Page to Screen Awards and the COG Poetry Awards. Frankly, our close-knit staff is dazzled by the caliber of our incoming judges, who … Continue reading

What? Noooo!

Over the years, friends have told me that the opening story in Collateral Damage confuses them. And now I realize why: the story’s final line, while included in the galleys, was omitted from the book. This line is the key to the story; what makes it good. The line is “Leave, Jason,” I say softly. I’m still wrapping my … Continue reading

Shut the Front Door! ZYZZYVA?

Is what a friend said when I showed her my gorgeous contributor’s copy. And that’s pretty much how I feel too: honored, humbled and downright baffled to see my work included alongside other writers’ in this iconic West Coast journal.

Glimmer Train 96: Still Can’t Believe My Eyes

It pretty much knocked me on my azz to receive my contributor’s copy of Glimmer Train 96. If I were a pincher, I’d be pinching myself black and blue. Winning this iconic journal’s Family Matters competition a few years back was a dream, and drew queries from agents at William Morris Endeavor, Folio and elsewhere. … Continue reading

SALVE – Preorder Signed Copy

Pre-order a signed copy of SALVE, by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier (Nomadic Press) Frazier’s stories, in seamless prose, examine the myriad ways in which we soothe ourselves in an attempt to treat what ails us—for better or for worse. Shipping will begin on March 20! WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY Harsh and beautiful, yearning and deadly, … Continue reading

COG : Kicking International Azz

Much respect and many thanks to the U.K.’s Daily Mail for joining The New York Times, the Washington Post and others in giving COG a little nod. My student staff at Cogswell Polytechnical College is crushing it; crushing it so flat that writers are submitting from London and the U.S., KQED’s Forum producer Irene Noguchi has signed on to … Continue reading

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