Catching Up with Cassandra de Alba

Where can we read some of your recent work? I published two chapbooks in 2020 — Ugly/Sad on Glass Poetry Press and Cryptids, a split chapbook with Aly Pierce, on Ginger Bug Press. I also published a piece of flash I’m especially proud of,  “The Field of Dead Girls,” in Lost Balloon.

Cryptids by Cassandra de Alba and Aly Pierce

What are you reading right now? I’m reading Lisa Summe’s Say It Hurts and Monica Youn’s Blackacre, and I just finished Sam Rush’s Swallow, which was incredible. I read most of it in a clawfoot bathtub in a deconsecrated church overlooking a graveyard, and I’d recommend that reading experience if you can swing it. They’re poems that really reward close attention.

What’s next for you? I’m working on a longer version of “The Field of Dead Girls” (how long? who can say?) and trying to teach my cat to play soccer.


Cassandra de Alba is a poet living in Massachusetts. Her chapbooks are habitats (Horse Less Press, 2016), Ugly/Sad (Glass Poetry Press, 2020) and Cryptids (Ginger Bug Press, 2020). She is a poetry reader for Underblong and tweets about Cats (2019) at @cassandraintroy; she can also be reached via her website.