Chavisa Woods

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Chavisa Woods is a New York based fiction writer, poet and performance artist.


Chavisa Woods is a literary author based in New York City.

Woods' third work of fiction, Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country, 224 pages, Seven Stories Press, published in May, 2017, is a collection of short fiction focusing on the lives of people living in rural areas of the U.S.

Woods' second work of fiction, "The Albino Album," a novel, was released by Seven Stories Press in 2013. The Albino Album, a queer epic, follows the life of a little girl who accidentally feeds her mother to an albino tiger and grows up to become a domestic terrorist. Woods presents a technicolored vision of rural adolescence, the story of a girl with an unpronounceable name—a fiery, unhinged, growling, big-hearted country girl in a dirty black tutu and combat boots who travels along all the bizarre yet familiar byways of human desire from the cornfields of Indiana to the big brass sound of Mardi Gras, to the heights of the Empire State Building. In the tradition of the southern gothic novel, Woods presents a new land of contemporary misfits including fire-dancers, pseudo Nazis who breed albino animals, catholic workers, horse thieves, and the archangel Gabriel. A bold exploration of the intersections of race, class, and sexuality, The Albino Album is an exhilarating contemplation on the relationships between political action, art, and romance. This book is a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award.

Her first work of full-length fiction "Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind," was released in 2009 by Fly By Night Press. The second edition was released in 2012 by Autonomedia Press under Unbearables imprint. This book is both a short fiction collection and a novel. The ‘chapters’ are interconnected short stories written in varying styles that follow two characters, a mother and daughter, throughout their childhoods into adulthood. The identities of the characters are sometimes abstracted within the contexts of the stories. The book explores the rural American landscape and the experiences of working class women in the U.S., addressing issues of lesbian identity, race relations, and cycles of abuse both domestic and societal. The book also explores psychological and metaphysical themes, combining realism with meta-fiction, creating what some have called ‘magical realism.’

Woods was born and raised in Sandoval, Illinois. Her performance art, spoken word and poetry have been featured in multiple venues in across the country, including the Whitney Museum as part of Butch Morris' Chorus of Poets, the New York Vision Festival, Quimby's Bookstore Chicago, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, Hot Festival at the Dixon Place Theater NYC, The Howl festival NYC, The Brecht Forum, Pink Pony Reading Series, Blue Stockings Bookstore NYC, The Fresh Fruit Festival, Slam Poetry in St. Louis and the National Poetry Slam.[1]

During 2008 she collaborated with a contemporary video artist and animator to produce abstract animations to accompany the stories from Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind.


Woods was awarded the Cobalt Fiction Prize in 2013 for her short work of poetic prose entitled "Things to do when you're Goth in the Country."

Chavisa Woods was the 2008 recipient of the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant/Award for Literature.

Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction.



Woods has published poetry in a number of magazines, including:


  • "Things to do When You're Goth in the Country" Short Fiction Collection, Seven Stories Press, 2017
  • "What's Happening on the News?" Short Fiction Quaint Magazine, 2016
  • "The Albino Album" Seven Stories Press, 2013
  • How to Stop Smoking.... Usama" Sensitive Skin Magazine 2012
  • "A New Mowhawk" Jadalliya 2012
  • Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind, Fly By Night Press, 2008
  • "The Smallest Actions", The Fiction Circus, 2008
  • "The Bell Tower", Prima Materia, 2006
  • Short story in Fuzion 1003, 2004


  • Autonomedia, "Worst Book I Ever Read" (essay), 2008
  • Sotheby’s Catalogue, May 2008
  • Aganzia Catalogue (art review), 2006
  • A Gathering of the Tribes' Webmag, "Borat Receives Memo"


  • Rhapsodists, 2004

Book Reviews[edit]


  1. ^ Cotter, Holland (2007-08-17). "Bird Flew Exhibition". New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 

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