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Chavisa Woods

A New Mohawk

[Artwork of a mohawk.]

Most of the Mohawks in America are unincorporated territories, areas that lie outside of any municipality or township. I didn’t even know these places still existed. Apparently, unincorporated territories are either so small, destitute, or isolated that no city, town, or respectably incorporated area has seen reason to claim them; neither have the people who live in these unincorporated territories seen fit to claim themselves. I still can’t figure quite why these places ...

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Chavisa Woods


Chavisa Woods is a Brooklyn based literary author. Woods recently completed her second work of fiction, “The Albino Album,” a novel, which is set to be released by Seven Stories Press in the spring of 2013. Her debut collection of short stories, “Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind” (Fly By Night Press, 2009) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Debut Fiction. The second edition of this book was released by Autonomedia Press, in 2012. 

Woods’ fiction poetry and essays have been published nationally and internationally in such publications as: The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, Union Station Magazine, Matador, Danse Macabre, Sensitive Skin and other

Chavisa Woods was featured as a reader at The Whitney Museum as a member of the Chorus of Poets installed in a work by Christian Marlclay, 2011. She has also been featured at the New York Vision Festival, the New York HOT Festival, the Saints and Sinners Festival and others.. Woods has presented lectures on short fiction and poetry at a number of universities, including: New York University, Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn Tech and the New School.