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Hello!

I’m Yaiza. I’m a magazine editor and content writer with a focus on interior design and arts & culture. I’m also a poet and short story writer. I occasionally talk about books on my blog too.

I’m Italian but grew up between Germany and Spain, and am currently based in Singapore.

Content writing & editorial

As the Features Editor of SquareRooms, I conceptualise and create content for the SquareRooms website and print magazine, as well as our related annual publications, Key to Your Home and IdealHomes. Most of this content falls into the realm of interior design, be it home tours, interviews with designers, makers and homeowners, practical advice, budget stories or shopping guides. If you’d like to get in touch for a feature in SquareRooms, please contact me at yaiza@media-group.com.sg.

Beyond interior design, I also cover arts and culture on a freelance basis. I’ve published a number of book reviews and theatre production reviews, as well as an interview with author Marylyn Tan. While I was at university in the UK, I founded and edited The Queer Review, a student magazine about queer literature that was shortlisted for a SPA award. On the culture side, I’ve published a variety of articles for UK-based DIVA Magazine, including an interview with queer Singaporean chef Alysia Chan. If you’d like me to take on any freelance work related to arts and culture, please email me at yaizacanopoli@gmail.com.

Creative writing

Much of my creative writing is concerned with capitalism and the unfairness of the system, mainly because it’s something that’s always on my mind. It’s not always a central topic, though. Sometimes I write about freedom, feminism, queerness, ghosts, anger, nostalgia, loneliness and lots of other good stuff.

My newest poem, “hands,” will be published later this year in EXHALE, an anthology by Math Paper Press.

You can read my poem, “hush the sea,” over at The Signal House Edition.

My short story, “Seasonal Offer,” was published in the Polari Zine by EggBox.

Reading & book reviews

I love to read everything queer and everything socialist. I’ve always been a huge fan of fantasy and dystopia, but recently have been reading more literary fiction and a whole lot of non-fiction and memoirs. I also like to pick up poetry when I’m in the mood and have been dipping into short stories and translated books.

Some of my favourite books include Revolting Prostitutes by Molly Smith and Juno Mac, GAZE BACK by Marylyn Tan, the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector, The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty, Kumkum Malhotra by Preti Taneja, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence, Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown and the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.

You can keep up with what I’m reading by following me on The StoryGraph or by simply reading my blog!

If you’d like me to review your book, send me a request at yaizacanopoli@gmail.com. Do take a look at what I like to read first and note that I generally do not read books in the business, religion, self-help, war and comedy genres. I especially love to read and review books by small, independent publishers—if that’s you, hit me up!

Reading along with me

If you’d like to read along with me this year, I’ve set up a few reading challenges on The StoryGraph.

  • Read the World is my attempt at reading books from all over the world. It’s a life-long, slow-paced challenge that you can join at any point. I’m still in the process of adding countries and books, so it’s by no means complete and more of a work-in-progress.
  • Anti-Capitalist Inspiration is another life-long challenge and my attempt at reading anti-capitalist and resistance books in a variety of genres (fantasy, dystopian, literary, memoir, essays, non-fiction, etc.).
  • Revolution Book Club is a challenge I’ve taken on with my partner. We’re reading 12 books this year that we hope will inspire us and teach us about global resistance and revolutionary movements.

Contact

You can follow me on Instagram or The StoryGraph for reading updates and on Twitter for random thoughts and occasional discourse. You can also find me on LinkedIn.

For enquiries related to SquareRooms and interior design, contact me at yaiza@media-group.com.sg. For all other matters, you can reach out to me at yaizacanopoli@gmail.com.