Sweet Connections: Delia Rainey

Each week we will be connecting with our contributors showing where they have been, where they are now, and what’s up for the future.

Name: Delia Rainey
Title of Piece published in Sweet: Bird of My Past, This is the Last Poem
Issue: 7.3

Delia Rainey photo

Find her:

Delia is cozy for Fall in Chicago, IL. She is a 1st year MFA candidate in nonfiction at Columbia College. You can find out more about her on social media.


What are some major accomplishments you have had since your Sweet publication?

This past year I had a poem published in DIAGRAM, I released an audio-poetry-ambient-music cassette called ‘The Blue and Red Gummy Worm,’ and Ghost City Press so graciously put out my mini chapbook ‘Private Again’ as part of their 2018 mini chap summer series.

Can you tell us about a current/ongoing project that you’re excited about?

I’m working on longer personal and lyrical essays right now. A mess and mesh including immediate diary writing, Midwest invisibility, and the mundane of the city as a form of escapism.

Who is your favorite author?

I only get to choose one? All summer long, I read Bhanu Kapil, Kate Zambreno, Claudia Rankine, Dodie Bellamy, and Eileen Myles.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

‘The Glass Essay’ by Anne Carson

What inspires you to write?

Disposable and fleeting memories, tiny moments. Also, my family.

What is your favorite sweet?

My favorite sweet is ice cream. Specifically the combination of green tea ice cream and mango ice cream. I used to work at this ice cream shop in Columbia, Missouri called Sparky’s. It’s a really special place, if you’re ever in the center of the country. Drink a Fresca on the side for good measure.


Thank you, Delia, for taking the time to reconnect with us. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

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