Arachnid Verve, Shauna’s debut poetry collection, is out from Mongrel Empire Press.
In her first collection of poems, Shauna Osborn focuses on the acrobatic nature of the genred and gendered multilingual lifestyles found in the Southwest. These are poems of movement and balance—searching for equilibrium between the mundane, utilitarian elements of working class life and the flourishes of color and spice inherent to artist expression. Individual poem inspirations run the gamut–from Aztec gods, dredging machines, Judd Nelson, punk rock bands, and Zora Neale Hurston. The collection also code switches between three different languages: Spanish, English, and Numu tekwapu (Comanche) because Southwestern life is not lived in a single language.
Finalist for an Oklahoma Book Award.
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“Drawing threads of Comanche, Spanish, and Oklahoma culture into one eclectic tapestry, Shauna Osborn delivers a spellbinding collection in Arachnid Verve. Populated with memories that are both intimate to the writer and universally applicable, Osborn grapples with issues of gender, sexuality, and identity with equal measures of humor, anger, and grit.” World Literature Today
“So Arachnid Verve is a book about audience, about community and context. But it is also about much more. It is about tenderness and violence, love and fear, myth and legend and the stories we live by.” Lynn Domina for Kenyon Review Online
Arachnid Verve Press Kit (includes high resolution photos, bio, and press release for book)
Arachnid Verve selection (a ten page sample from the book)