I’m Yaiza. I’m a poet, short-story writer, aspiring novelist, all that jazz. I’m also a blogger and a full-time content writer for SquareRooms, an interior design magazine. I’m currently based in Singapore.
What do you like to read?
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.
Can I read along with you?
Yes please! 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 girlfriend. We’re reading 12 books this year that we hope will inspire us and teach us about global resistance and revolutionary movements.
Can I send you a book for review?
If you’d like me to review your book, send me a request at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
What are your stories and poems about?
Much of my 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, etc. All of that good stuff.
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.
What are your articles about?
I love to write about arts and culture, so you’ll find lots of pieces about theatre, books, TV shows and queer culture in my portfolio. I also really like to conduct interviews, so you’ll see some of those floating around too.
Aside from the occasional arts and culture piece, I write about interior design for a living both online and in print, so I’ve done a whole lot of articles about home decor, furniture, styling, surface materials, etc. My favourite ones are the “expert advice” features — like I said, I love to interview!
I’ve also dabbled in editing. I founded and edited The Queer Review, a student magazine about queer literature that was shortlisted for a SPA award, and recently edited the annual edition of Key to Your Home in the role of Associate Editor.
If you’d like me to do any freelance work, you can contact me at email@example.com.
Where else can I find you?