About Simona

Simona Carini headshot
Photo by Karla Rivas

I 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.

My poetry, flash nonfiction and memoir have appeared, or are forthcoming, in a number of venues, in print and online, including Sheila-Na-Gig, Star 82 Review, Italian Americana, Intima – A Journal of Narrative Medicine, the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics.

My articles about food and the outdoors appear regularly in the North Coast Journal.

Published work

The poem On the Redwood Sky Walk is published in Volume 8.4, Summer 2024 of Sheila-Na-Gig

The poems A Bicycle Adventure and Pearl Fisher are published in June 2024 VOL 11 NO 6 of Verse-Virtual

The poem Annie’s Studio is published in Issue 12 of Rockvale Review

The poem St. Francis Renounces All Worldly Goods is published in Issue 23 of MacQueen’s Quinterly

The poem Moraine Lake Varying with the Light is published in Volume 8.3, Spring 2024 of Sheila-Na-Gig

The poems After Your Cancer Diagnosis and Hope, Nonetheless are published in Volume 8.1, Fall 2023 of Sheila-Na-Gig

The poem “Your Mother’s Face” is published in the Marin Poetry Center 2023 Anthology Con/form

The poems “In the Dominica Botanic Garden, Roseau” and “No Tenderness” are published in the 2023 Redwood Writers’ poetry anthology Phases

The poem Alive is published in Volume 7.4, Summer 2023 of of Sheila-Na-Gig

The poem “First Bicycle Ride of the New Year” is published in Italian Americana (Winter 2023, print only)

The poem Monastery of Fonte Avellana is published in issue 11.1 of Star 82 Review (March 2023)

The poem In the Forest I Do Not Feel Small is published in Volume 7.2, Winter 2022 of Sheila-Na-Gig

The poems First Time Rowing on Open Water and I Feed on Memories of Diving the Wall on Little Cayman Island are published in Volume 7.1, Fall 2022 of Sheila-Na-Gig

The poem “Hydrogen to Yttrium” is published in the Marin Poetry Center 2022 Anthology Upside Down and from Below

The poem Little Cayman Island is published in issue 10.2 of Star 82 Review (June 2022)

The poem ‘Gunman Kills 10 at Buffalo Supermarket in Racist Attack’ is published in The North Coast Journal (June 23, 2022)

The poems Dark November Evening and Gift are published in Volume 6.4, Summer 2022 of Sheila-Na-Gig

The poems “Walking Along 156th Avenue NE in a City That Is Not at War”, “Responsibility” and “Train Rides from Perugia” are published in the 2022 Redwood Writers’ poetry anthology Crossroads

The poem “Rowing on Humboldt Bay” is published in Sport Literate (Volume 14, Issue 2, Late Fall 2021, print only)

The poems On Writing and I Dive into The Pool are published in Volume 6.1, Fall 2021 of Sheila-Na-Gig

The poem Left Last is published in The North Coast Journal (June 24, 2021)

The poem “Eremo delle Carceri” is published in the Marin Poetry Center 2021 Anthology Identity and the Self

The poem On the Golden Circle, Iceland is published in Volume 5.4, Summer 2021 of Sheila-Na-Gig

The poem Young Woman Listens To Cyndi Lauper During Dialysis is published in the Spring 2021 Issue of Intima, A Journal of Narrative Medicine

The poems Devotion and Notturno are published in issue 9.1 of Star 82 Review (March 2021)

The poem “Remembering Venice” is published in Italian Americana (Winter 2021)

The poem The Body’s Refusal To Function As Intended is published on issue #47, Winter 2021, of Tipton Poetry Journal

The poems “We Live on The California North Coast”, “The Standup Paddler” and “On the Shoreline” are published in the 2021 Redwood Writers’ poetry anthology Beyond Distance

The poems Addendum to the Canticle of the Creatures Written on the California North Coast and Driftwood are published on Tiny Seed Literary Journal

The poems Lærdal Tunnel and Rondoni are published in Volume 5.1, Fall 2020 of Sheila-Na-Gig online

The memoir “Eskimo Kiss” is published in the 2020 Redwood Writers’ anthology Sunset Sunrise: A Collection of Endings & Beginnings (August 2020)

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

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

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 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)

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

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

The 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.

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

“Through the Green Glass” is published in the 2014 Redwood Writers’ anthology Water


The essay “Yellow Gloves” was recognized with Honorable Mention in the 2021 Excellence in Flash Memoir on Writer Advice.

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 Slicer” 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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