Note Left On The Cafe Table by Katherine DiBella Seluja

Background photo: Oystein Alsaker/Flickr, CC BY NC 2.0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

Although she is not the winner of the Southwest Chile Cook-off, Katherine DiBella Seluja is the winner of the Southwest Poetry Award. She is a poet and a nurse practitioner who prefers her writing to be just as well oxygenated as her patients. Themes of illness and healing are found in many of her poems and prose pieces. A second generation Italian, issues of immigration also greatly influence Katherine’s writing. Her poem, “Letter to my suegra from Artesia, New Mexico” won Honorable Mention in the 2016 Santa Ana River Review contest, judged by US poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.  Her poetic response to the Syrian refugee crisis was published by Broadsided Press.  Katherine’s work has appeared in American Journal of Nursing, bosque, Crab Creek Review, Iron Horse Review and Literary Orphans, among others. Her first collection, Gather the Night, focuses on issues of mental illness and is forthcoming from UNM Press in 2018. Katherine is currently working on a collaborative response to the 2016 presidential election.

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