Shay X. Gee is writing poetry and fiction from the Bay Area. Their chapbook, Mushrooms at the E-Grave is available from Ghost City Press.
Shay X. Gee is the author of Mushrooms at the E-Grave (Ghost City Press, 2021).A 2021 - 2022 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Grant Recipient, their writing has been awarded Honorable Mention for the Mary Merritt Henry Prize, nominated for Best of the Net, and appeared in or is forthcoming from Anamot Press, Honey Literary, San Francisco Public Library, Write Now! SF Bay and elsewhere. They 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.
Two Poems forthcoming from San Francisco Public Library (gallery display)"DIY Mistranslations of Faye Wong's 'Ni Kuai Le (Suo Yi Wo Kuai Le)'" 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 (online)
*first published in The Guardsman"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)
Perennial Chapbook Awards Longlist, Perennial Press (2022)Previously Published Poem Prize Longlist, Palette Poetry (2022)Nominated for Best of the Net, West Trestle Review (2021)Scholarship 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, Mushrooms at the E-Grave appears spotty and abundant like mushrooms sprouting after the rain. These poems live a multitude of real and imagined lives despite the many character's ceaseless endings: the haunting chronicles of iphone factory workers strained under global capitalism, a mouse in search of its last feast, the grief between cyborgs and humans. Gee's poems are digging for the regenerative and necessary magic of mycelium, the connective tissues that allow trees to share nutrients 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
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
*** = nonfiction
*gn* = graphic novelBite Hard; Justin Chin: Selected Works Justin Chin *Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen Marilyn Chin **Soft Science Franny Choi *The World Falls Away Wanda Coleman *Kingdom Animalia Aracelis Girmay *DEAR GOD. DEAR BONES. DEAR YELLOW. Noor Hindi *Minor Feelings Cathy Park Hong ***Haruko/ Love Poems June Jordan *Ordinary Villians E.K. Keith *Salt Fish Girl Larissa Lai **Stone Fruit Lee Lai *gn*Bright Dead Things Ada Limón *Sister Outsider Audre Lorde ***Dreaming of You Melissa Lozada-Oliva **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 ***Goodbye Flicker Carmen Giménez Smith *Afterparties Anthony Veasna So **Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color Christopher Soto *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 June 2022
Hello! For readings, features, blurbs, collaborative projects, and other events, contact Shay at shayxgee [at] gmail [dot] com