Seema Reza A&M1

Seema Reza is the author of A Constellation of Half-Lives & When the World Breaks Open. 

Based in Maryland, she has led writing workshops within correctional facilities, military and civilian hospitals, elementary and secondary schools, and universities. She is the CEO of Community Building Art Works, a unique arts organization that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Reza’s work with veterans is featured in the 2018 HBO documentary We Are Not Done Yet. She was awarded the Col John Gioia Patriot Award by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for her work with service members. An alumnus of Goddard College and VONA, she has had writing online and in print in McSweeney’s, The LA Review, The Feminist Wire, The Offing, and Entropy among others. Case studies from her work with military populations have appeared in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Related Diseases in Combat Veterans. She has performed across the country at universities, theaters, festivals, bookstores, conferences, & one fine mattress shop.  

Writing. Reading. Educating.


Permission (California Journal of Poetics)

This Poem is Want (The Offing)

A Letter to My Coffin (Hematopoiesis)

Belemnite (Hematopoiesis)

Cycles(Beltway Poetry)

Help (Rogue Agent)

I can’t sleep & Muslim Community Center(Anomaly)

Places Temporarily Submerged (Duende)

When We Remember These Nights (Hematopoiesis) 

While We Sleep & Apples (Hermeneutic Chaos)


Teaching Poetry in a Correctional Facility (The Washington Post)

The Work of Waking the Sleeping in a Broken World: We Are Together (The Feminist Wire)

Becoming Ourselves Through Writing (Elephant Journal)

Warnings for My Sons (The Manifestation)

Counseling (Full Grown People)

Meeting(Full Grown People)

Chicken Soup (Pithead Chapel)

Letting Go(abcd lady)

Fear (Referential Magazine)

Am I Allowed to Be Sad? (Entropy)

The Partnership Compulsion (The Nervous Breakdown)

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