Maria S. Picone/수영 is a queer Korean American adoptee whose debut chapbook, Sky Sea Edict, will be published in late 2022. She won the 2020 Cream City Review Summer Poetry Prize. She has been published in Tahoma Literary Review, The Seventh Wave, and Best Small Fictions 2021. She has received support from The Juniper Institute, Kenyon Review, and Tin House. She is Chestnut Review’s managing editor. Find out more at, Twitter @mspicone. You can tip her on Venmo at @mspicone or

Click here to read Maria’s “Aubade for Eye Doctors” from our summer 2022 issue!