Sweet Connections: Cassandra de Alba

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: Cassandra de Alba
Title of Piece published in Sweet: End Times Fatigue
Issue: 8.1

blood cemetery
Find her:

Cassandra is a poet who resides in Massachusetts. You can find out more about her at www.cassandradealba.com.


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

I’ve had two chapbooks come out! A book of poems about deer from Horse Less Press and a story about the moon on Reality Hands.

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

Aly Pierce and I have been working on a joint chapbook in which all her poems are about sea monsters and all mine are about ghosts. Her work is amazing and I can’t wait for people to read it.

Who is your favorite author?

Woooahh, that’s a big one. Since for me it’s officially Halloween season as I’m writing this, I’m going to say Shirley Jackson.

What is your favorite poem/essay/book?

My favorite Shirley Jackson book is We Have Always Lived In The Castle.

What inspires you to write?

Reading. Looking at art. Looking at the sky. Knowing I need a new poem for the open mic next week. Whenever I see one of those wavy arms inflatables in an unusual place.

What is your favorite sweet?

My favorite sweet is actually pretty tart –apple pie with granny smiths (4 cups) & cranberries (2 cups) & 2/3 cup of sugar & a little cornstarch mixed into 1/4 cup water.

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

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