Events for Selfish Work!

Chestina Craig, Daniel McGinn, Events, JL Martindale, Larry Duncan, Press News!, Sarah Thursday, Terry Ann Wright

We’re excited to have 3 more events to celebrate the release of Incandescent Mind: Selfish Work:

Wednesday, December 6th with Two Poets Peddling Poetry at the Ugly Mug. Featured contributors will be JL Martindale, LeAnne Hunt, and Steve Ramirez.

Saturday, December 9th at Poetry, Music, & Makers Backyard Bazaar in Bixby Knolls. SGP poets Sarah Thursday, Terry Wright, Chestina Craig, and Larry Duncan will be featuring their work, as well as contributors, Alex Diffin, Boris Ingles, Brenda Prisk Matea, Robin Axworthy, Mahsa Hosseini, and Marc Cid.

Saturday, January 6th at Pondwater in Covina. Featuring Daniel McGinn, Terri Niccum, and art by Ed Baines.




body of water

Chestina Craig, Poetry Chapbooks

body of water by Chestina Craig. 36-page, perfect bound chapbook of poetry and photography. Soon to be available through Sadie Girl Press Bookstore and MADE by Millworks in Long Beach.

“When you are a girl, you are born with a heavy that manifests in your arms and legs, in the hole in your stomach, and in the swells of your tongue. Craig gives a name to these manifestations. All these poems were born in the ocean or were born in her heart; sometimes I think both of these are the same. She counts the heavy, knows it, faces it, loves it in all the forms in comes into a woman’s body and somehow gives them words.” ~Farah Billah, author of Wrong Turns Lead Here

“In her poems, Chestina guides the reader through personal narrative with a sharp imagination that both shocks & surprises at every turn. I find myself discovering something new on every page—about the natural world, about love on one’s own terms, & about the celebration of self. Her poems are vulnerable & massive at the same time as she unpacks what it means to live & stay alive. She is unafraid to affirm her own right to take up space & she does so with a “knife-in-boot confidence” that is entirely her own.” ~Brandon Melendez, Berkeley Grand Slam Champion

“Chestina is a nuanced voice in the burgeoning poetry renaissance in Long Beach, California. Her work serves as a backdrop of landscapes natural and cerebral with the most intrinsic f-words laced intentionally throughout. She’s dope, read her words.” ~Antonio Cortez Appling, founder of The Long Beach Poetry Slam