About Simona

Simona Carini, writer and photographerI was born in Perugia, in the green heart of Italy.
I am a graduate of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy, and of Mills College, Oakland, CA. I live in Northern California with my husband and work as an academic researcher in Medical Information Science.

My poetry, flash nonfiction and memoir have appeared, or are forthcoming, in: Postcard Poems & Prose, Star 82 Review, four anthologies edited and published by Redwood Writers (a branch of the California Writers’ Club), the CWC Literary Review, Her Heart Poetry, Oasis Journal, the American Journal of Nursing, Italian Americana.

My food writing has appeared in: the North Coast Journal, Remedy Quarterly and Edible East Bay.

Published work

The poem “I Ask My Friend How She Feels: Her Response” is published in the Spring 2020 Issue of Intima, A Journal of Narrative Medicine

The poem Carson Pass is published in Volume 4.3, Spring 2020 of Sheila-na-gig Online

The poems “December 31” and “The Fourth of Seven” are published in Italian Americana (Summer 2019 and Winter 2018, print only)

The poem Our Binary World is published in the Volume 9 Issue 2 of the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics (July 2019) [click on Download, then scroll to page 2]

The poem At Butcher Slough is published in The North Coast Journal (July 25, 2019)

The memoir “Learning to Love Horses” is published in the 2019 Redwood Writers’ anthology Endeavor: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance (July 2019)

The poems Rock and Light and Life on the Edge are published in Volume 3.4, Summer 2019 of Sheila-na-gig Online

The poem Diagnosis is published in the Spring 2019 Issue of Intima, A Journal of Narrative Medicine

The poem Total Lunar Eclipse is published in The 2019 California Writers Club Literary Review (page 18)

The poems “The Crows” and “The Picnic Table” are published in the 2019 Redwood Writers’ poetry anthology Crow: In the Light of Day, In the Dark of Night

The poem Blue is published in Issue 7.1 of Star 82 Review (March 2019)

The poems “Salmon in Mill Creek” and “Letter to the Past” are published in OASIS Journal 2018 (print only)

The poems The Crypt and Ghazal of the Soccer Ball [photo here] are published in Volume 3.1, Fall 2018 of Sheila-Na-Gig Online

The Stars CoverThe poem “Yellowtail Damselfish” is published in the anthology The Stars (Outrider Press, print only)

The poem Dryads Live in Sitka Spruce is published in The North Coast Journal (July 12, 2018)

The poem “May Morning in Southern Iceland” is published in Seven Gill Shark Review (print only, April 2018)

The poems “Monday Afternoon in West Marin” and “Yellowtail Damselfish” are published in the 2018 Redwood Writers’ poetry anthology Phoenix

The poem Conversation is published in The American Journal of Nursing (March 2018, Volume 118, Issue 3)

The poems Poppy Blooming and Eternal House [photo of the house on this page] are published in Volume 2.2, Winter 2017 of Sheila-Na-Gig Online

OASIS Journal 2017 CoverThe poems “Waiting Room” and “Feather Riding a Breeze” are published in OASIS Journal 2017 (print only)

Seven Gill Shark Review Poster, April 21 2017 reading

The poem “Berkeley Aquatic Park” is published in Her Heart Poetry’s THE ANNUAL | 2017

The poem “Erasure” is published in Seven Gill Shark Review (print only) and read at a celebration of fine writing at College of the Redwoods, Eureka Campus, on April 21, 2017.

The poems “Blue“, “The Bench” and “The Divorced House” and the photo “The Picnic Table” are published in * 82 Review (Issue 7.1, March 2019, Issue 5.1, March 2017, Issue 4.2, June 2016, and Issue 5.3, September 2017, respectively)

Night Sky” is published in Postcard Poems & Prose Magazine (February 29, 2016).

Untold Stories from the Deep Part of the Well (Redwood Writers' 2065 Anthology)“The Snail and the Cactus” and “Mint Tea” are published in the 2016 Redwood Writers’ anthology Untold Stories from the Deep Part of the Well

Journeys (Redwood Writers' 2015 Anthology)“The Blue Backpack” and “A Redwood Tree’s Journey” are published in the 2015 Redwood Writers’ anthology Journeys

Water (Redwood Writers' 2014 Anthology)“Through the Green Glass” is published in the 2014 Redwood Writers’ anthology Water


The essay “Fresh dry beans: an edible oxymoron” published in the Fresh issue of Remedy Quarterly won second place in the 2016 Association Of Food Journalists Awards, Best Non-Newspaper Food Feature category.

“The Egg Beater” won first prize at the 2013 Redwood Writers’ Memoir Contest and “Mint Tea” won third prize at the 2015 edition of the contest.

Besides the Writings on this website, I write a food blog called briciole. A selection of my published articles is available on this page.


You can contact me by writing an email to simosite AT mac DOT com

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