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Kita Shantiris, author of “What Snakes Want”, is all over the place!

Kita Shantiris, author of "What Snakes Want"

In case you cannot see the embedded video above: Watch Kita Shantiris reading at Bowery Poetry Club (19 minutes, YouTube video)

Listen to Kita Shantiris reading from What Snakes Want. From the “Why Poetry” program with host Paul Lieber on KPFK Public Radio – January 22, 2015

NPR Santa Cruz – Hear the host read poems from Kita’s book, along with poems from Ostriker, Simic and an anthology. (1 hour)

A half hour interview with Kita Shantiris by Susan Dobbe Chase


What Snakes Want – Kita Shantiris

Kita Shantiris - What Snakes Want - front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-51-7 $15.95 + S&H

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What Snakes Want is also available on Kindle


Slyly sexual, intense and funny, in What Snakes Want Kita Shantiris strips secrets of their power by telling them. Running away and returning, burying and unearthing, she—and a cast that includes abused siblings, desperate spinsters, and an army medic—struggle to escape their shadows. Throughout, Shantiris’ startling use of language animates her portraits.

A psychologist who runs a non-profit mental health

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