Shay X. Gee 朱秀雯 is the author of Mushrooms at the E-Grave (Ghost City Press, 2021). They hold a B.A. in Sociology from Mills College.A 2021 - 2022 Yerba Buena Center of the Arts Grant Recipient, their poems have been awarded Honorable Mention for the Mary Merritt Henry Prize, nominated for Best of the Net, and appeared in Anamot Press, Bell Press, West Trestle Review, Write Now! SF Bay and elsewhere. They have also received a scholarship from Kundiman to world build under Ching-In Chen.Shay is a member of Intergalactic Gaysians, a speculative fiction writing group and will be joining the 2022 cohort of Kaleidoscope Writing Workshop hosted by Queer Ancestors Project and Still Here SF.Currently, Shay is writing stories that focus on unspoken languages, queer kinship for healing, and the (dis)connection from their parent’s village where land is quietly becoming government-owned.
"DIY Mistranslations of Faye Wong's 'Ni Kuai Le (Suo Yi Wo Kuai Le)'" forthcoming in Honey Literary (online)"Pearl River Delta" Anamot Press (print)"If You Are Boxed-In Know That They Too Tear Down" Bell Press (online & print)"Dear Wuhan" and "Untitled" Write Now! SF Bay (print)"No Returns" Exposed Brick Literary Magazine (online & print)"Mushroom Tales" Stone of Madness Press (online)"Going Swimming" West Trestle Review (online)
*Nominated for Best of the Net 2021
"Documenting City College's Fight For Free City" PM Press (republished online)"The Guerrilla Girls Still Behaving Badly 36 Years Later" The Guardsman (online)"Conversations Online: SF Journalists Join The Classroom" The Guardsman (online)"Committee Seeks New Design Team for The Diego Rivera Theater" The Guardsman (online)
Long-listed for Previously Published Poem Prize, Palette Poetry (2022)Nominated for Best of the Net "Going Swimming," West Trestle Review (2021)Scholarship Recipient for Improvising the World Craft Class, taught by Ching-In Chen, Kundiman (2021)Honorable Mention for Mary Merritt Henry Prize in Poetry, Mills College (2020)
Mushrooms at the E-Grave
Shay X. Gee's micro-poetry collection appears spotty or abundant like mushrooms. MUSHROOMS AT THE E-GRAVE captures the imaginations of a mouse in search of a last feast, medicinal fungi, and grieving cyborgs. Gee's cyclical poems are digging for regeneration and in search of mycelium, the connective tissues shared between trees in order to keep each other alive.
Ghost City Press, 2021 Summer Series
4.5 x 8.5 | 19 pp.
Released June 25th, 2021.
Cover art by Wey Song.Free PDF available through Ghost City Press.
These books make me go WOW. My writing has been nurtured by many who have come before me. This is a list of books by authors who have shaped my way of language, kept me writing, and are just really good books.* = poetry
** = fiction
*** = nonfictionHard Damage Aria Aber *More Than Organs Kay Ulanday Barrett *Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen Marilyn Chin **Soft Science Franny Choi *The World Falls Away Wanda Coleman *Minor Feelings Cathy Park Hong ***Haruko/ Love Poems June Jordan *Ordinary Villians E.K. Keith *Salt Fish Girl Larissa Lai **Bright Dead Things Ada Limón *Sister Outsider Audre Lorde ***Dreaming of You Melissa Lozada-Oliva **Oculus Sally Wen Mao *American Lục Bát for My Mother Joshua Nguyen *Binti: The Complete Trilogy Nnedi Okorafor **Rummage Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa *Nature Poem Tommy Pico *Love, Robot Margaret Rhee *How to Cure a Ghost Fariha Róisín *Assata Assata Shakur ***Afterparties Anthony Veasna So **Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations Jonny Sun ***Goodbye Flicker Carmen Giménez Smith *Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars Kai Cheng Thom **All the Flowers Kneeling Paul Tran *Cut to Bloom Arhm Choi Wild *Disability Visibility Alice Wong ***
Updated May 2022
I am currently available for poetry readings and open to collaborative projects.Email Shay at shayxgee [at] gmail [dot] com