Amanda Chiado is a force to be reckoned with. In her poems you might find zombies, guns and knives, a certain sexiness and edge, even Houdini. You never really know what to expect in a Chiado poem, except that you'll be surprised and unsettled. A Best New Poet of 2009, chosen by Kim Addonizio, this young poet is already an impressive talent.
Chiado is an MFA graduate of California College of the Arts. Her work is forthcoming or appears in It was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop, Arcana The Tarot Poetry Anthology, Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, Witness, Sweet, Forklift, Ohio, Best New Poets, Fence, Eleven Eleven and others. She currently works as the Program Coordinator for the San Benito County Arts Council and she is also an active California Poet in the Schools. Read her work and connect with her at www.amandachiado.com.