literary labors

- ROLE

author, poet


- FOR

literary journals


- DATE

last updated November 10, 2019


- TYPE

poetry and fiction


Writing in the borderlands of the literary and speculative.

“Close Encounter at Dance Party” PHOEBE (forthcoming print issue 49.1 in January 2020)

“Evolved” CIMARRON REVIEW (forthcoming fall 2019)

“Secret Society of Dodos” IRON HORSE LITERARY REVIEW (Apocalypse issue)

Buy issue: https://www.ironhorsereview.com/shop

"Secret Society of Dodos"


"I wanted to explore the emotional and physical experience of aging within the apocalyptic theater. As I get older, I grapple with what that means biologically and culturally for me, for my ‘status’ as a woman. Growing old is inevitable, of course. Yet for women, especially women without children, there’s also that sense of loss and a tendency to want to mourn that choice—not out of regret but because it forces me to grapple with the passing of time.


Parallel to this, I’m constantly reading the stories about animal populations under tremendous pressure, how hundreds of species are driven to extinction all around us due to everything from habitat loss and pollution to climate change. I grieve for that loss, too, the impact we’ve had on the natural world. This poem attempts to connect those narratives about bodies and nature in arrested development, and is my way of making sense of time looming over all of it."

“Stars That Are Not Stars” FOLIO (The World Tree issue)

See issue: http://cafemfa.com/folio-volume-34/

Available: Submittable (print) and 0s and 1s (digital); DC area visit Upshur Street Books, The Potter’s House, or Politics & Prose

“Notes from a Matrix Operator” RHINO

Buy print issue: https://rhinopoetry.org/buy/rhino-2019

“Dark Forest" SAND (Family issue)

Read issue online: https://issuu.com/sandjournal/docs/sand_issue_18/
Buy print issue: https://sandjournal.bigcartel.com/product/sand-issue-18

two poems: “A Haunting” and “Shape Shift” HOBART

Read: http://www.hobartpulp.com/web_features/two-poems-6f1bda03-a749-4d2f-818a-1aae3f856a45

“How to Fix a Dancer When It Breaks” UNCANNY MAGAZINE (Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction issue, selected by S. Qiouyi Lu)

Read: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/how-to-fix-a-dancer-when-it-breaks/

"I loved the imagery throughout 'How to Fix a Dancer When It Breaks' and the delicacy in the writing. The poem paint[s] shades of subtlety in the shifting emotional reactions to the difficult circumstances in which the narrator find [itself]…[explores] imagery of healing, whether the healing is considered positive or not…"


  1. ~ S. Qiouyi Lu, Guest Poetry Editor, Uncanny Magazine

“Night Terrors” ROGUE AGENT (issue 41)

Read: http://www.rogueagentjournal.com/gdeguzman

“How to Fold a Paper Crane” THE PURITAN (issue 41)

Read: http://puritan-magazine.com/how-to-fold-a-paper-crane/

Author Note, "How to Fold a Paper Crane"

THE TOWN CRIER

Read: http://towncrier.puritan-magazine.com/author-notes/genevieve-deguzman/

two poems: “World Without End” and “These Stone Hearts” NICE CAGE (Climate Change and/or Die issue)

Read: http://nicecage.com/issues/006/deguzman.html

“Mandala” STONECOAST REVIEW (issue 9)

See issue: http://www.stonecoastreview.org/issue-9-contributors/

Available: Kelly’s Books to Go (https://kellysbookstogo.com/stonecoast-review/) or Amazon

“All of our readers enjoyed 'Mandala.' The imagery, the tone, the voice, the intent—all of it was conveyed well. Most importantly, the poem was felt.”


  1. ~ Morgan Talty, Managing Editor, Stonecoast Review

“Jet Propulsion Laboratories, Pasadena” REED MAGAZINE (California issue)

See issue: https://www.reedmag.org/product-page/reed-151

“Mapmakers” FOLIO (Crossroads and Intersections issue)

See issue: http://cafemfa.com/folio33/

Available: Submittable (print) and 0s and 1s (digital); DC area visit Upshur Street Books, The Potter’s House, or Politics & Prose

“Cosmonaut’s Lament” LONTAR (special double issue)

See issue: https://lontarjournal.com/issues/issue-10/

“The Queen’s School for Girls” STRANGE HORIZONS

Read: http://strangehorizons.com/poetry/the-queens-school-for-girls/

Listen: http://strangehorizons.com/podcasts/podcast-the-queens-school-for-girls/ (podcast with Ciro Faienza and A.J. Odasso)

“There was something about the way 'The Queen’s School for Girls' took an innocent question from a school girl … asking ‘What is the heart’s shape?’ and the teacher, instead of having an extremely philosophical question conversation with them, … takes them to see a cadaver and a real heart, brain. It had such a visceral punch to it. … We’re not just talking hearts and flowers and feelings here; we’re actually taking this into the dimension of what these organs look like and how we conceptualize that, and how we attach emotion. I’ve never quite seen a poem do something like that with such an innocuous question. I had no idea what I was going to see when I [read the poem] but it was full of marvels.”


  1. ~ A.J. Odasso, Poetry Editor, Strange Horizons

“Alternate” ITHACA LIT
(selected as a finalist for the Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

Read: http://ithacalit.com/genevieve-deguzman.html

“Rebellion” ABYSS & APEX

Read: http://www.abyssapexzine.com/2018/03/rebellion/

“Xylophone” CONNOTATION PRESS: AN ONLINE ARTIFACT

Read: https://connotationpress.com/poetry/3214-genevieve-deguzman-poetry

“What struck me about the poem 'Xylophone' was how deftly the ending of the poem is handled, the skilled control of the language juxtaposes with the innocent crush and romance that takes place 'for a moment like this all summer. The poem builds momentum from the tension of the language describing the young man’s study of a girl. By the end we learn that: 'The music in her knowing laugh enough / to run the scales for him, to sing the encounter.' In my mind, as I read these lines, I heard 'of him' not 'for him,' and the poem suddenly held an entirely new depth. This is a poem about awakening to the hungers of the body, and how gentle we are with that hunger and with love when we are young.”


  1. ~ Ösel Jessica Plante, Associate Editor, Connotation Press

two poems: “Big Bang” and “The Distance Between Us” FIVE:2:ONE #thesideshow

Read and listen: http://five2onemagazine.com/2-poems-genevieve-deguzman/

“Things I Have Wished For” FLYWAY (issue 18)

Read: http://flywayjournal.org/poetry/things-i-have-wished-for-genevieve-deguzman/

two poems: “America” and “To the One Who Left” SWITCHBACK

Read: http://swback.com/issues/2018/america.html

Read: http://swback.com/issues/2018/one-who-left.html

two poems: “Boats” and “Portrait”

THIN AIR MAGAZINE

Read: https://thinairmagazine.org/2018/02/12/two-poems-by-genevieve-deguzman/

“One-Way Ticket" LIMINALITY (Nuclear Winter issue)

Read: http://www.liminalitypoetry.com/issue-14-winter-2017-2018/one-way-ticket/

“The Rise and Fall" ALLUVIAN (Climate Change: Tidal Shift issue)

Read: http://alluvian.space/deguzman-genevieve/the-rise-and-fallen