Carina Solis

Carina Solis is a sixteen-year-old writer living in Georgia. The author of "Daughtersong" (Bottlecap Press, 2023), she has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, The National Poetry Quarterly, The New York Times, and others, and her work appears in Gone Lawn, The Heavy Feather Review, HAD and elsewhere. Currently, she serves as a Senior Editor at Polyphony Lit, and a General Editor at the Origami Review. Find her on twitter @carinasol_

Select Poetry.
Heavy Feather Review — "shattered" (forthcoming)
Olney Magazine — "Apology Baby" (forthcoming)
The Lickety~Split — "to love a boy like tamarind" (forthcoming)
Petrichor Journal — "emptied" (forthcoming)
Wrongdoing Magazine — "glowworms are carnivorous"
HAD — "Red Hot Chili Pepper (Donuts)"
Eunoia Review — "(grief)" & "how it is"
Surging Tide Magazine — "growing pains"
Lumiere Review — "brown girl walking"
Beaver Magazine — "grief fish" and "man"
Cerasus Magazine — "I wish we were paper-light"
FERAL: A Journal of Poetry and Art — "living with my ghost"
Hooligan Magazine — "memories picked clean from a whale carcass"

Select Prose.
Versification Zine — "a mad letter to my ex-lover" (forthcoming)
CLOVES Literary — "my grandfather's sweater"
Gone Lawn — "opal eyeballs stored in a bottle"

antinarrative zine — "memories picked clean from a whale carcass'' (forthcoming)
Stone of Madness Press — "growing pains"

25th Annual National High School Poetry Contest (2022)
— Topical Winner
Surging Tide Magazine Annual Writing & Art Contest (2022)
— Finalist (Poetry)
The Aurora Journal Surrealism Poetry Contest (2022)
— Honorable Mention
New York Times Summer Reading Contest Week 1 (2022)
— Honorable Mention
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (2022)
— National Silver Medalist
Young Georgia Authors Competition (2022)
— Regional Winner
GHSA State Personal Essay Competition (2022)
— 8th place
Georgia River of Words Contest (2022)
— State Winner
Carroll County Creative Writing Contest (2022)
— 1st Place With Distinction

Senior Editor — Polyphony Lit (2022 -)
General Editor — The Origami Review (2022 -)
Twitter Lead — Young Eager Writers (2022 -)
— Ellipsis Advanced Poetry Workshop, The Nuts & Bolts of Poetry Under Michael Frazier (2022)
— Girls Write Now Mentorship, Writing 360 Program Under Robin Messing (2022 - 2023)
— The Daphne Review Online Program, Poetry Mentorship Under... (2023)
— Kenyon Young Writers Winter Workshop, All Loss is Small Loss: The Contemporary American Elegy Under Matthew Kelsey (2023)

Available soon at Bottlecap PressThrough a series of eight poems, Carina Solis delves into sorrow and its place in the lives of girls wading the waters of a beautiful, coercive society. In "Daughtersong," the speakers silent-cry in showers, explore their youth, live through familial grief, and clutch at their voices: it is a narrative for those existing in silence.Praise for Daughtersong."In Carina Solis’ "Daughtersong," each poem is a place to inhabit—a house full of nostalgia, familiarity, and loss. Adorned with sharp imagery and a crystalized sense of self, Solis navigates through the interiority of womanhood through wordplay and the lineage of a body, where “Bwai becomes boy” and “Fatha becomes father [and] farther” and the “smudge of a girl” becomes another self to occupy. Yet, these intimacies reveal just how worldly "Daughtersong" is: a melody for all the girls navigating through their hollowed bodies."— Jessica Kim, author of "L(EYE)GHT" (Animal Heart Press)"In this collection, Carina Solis deconstructs performative femininity and the physical expectations of girlhood while singing a family narrative that is gentle, raw, and dreamlike. Each poem floats across the page, and each image places beauty and decay in shimmering harmony. Solis’ eight poems are delicate gifts to be reckoned with."– Dana Blatte, author of "Lone" (Emerge Literary Editions)“Daughtersong” is absolutely gripping. This is the kind of chapbook that urges you to feel–the kind that you can read again and again and still feel more deeply each time. With her deliciously vivid imagery and her beautifully visceral command of language, Carina Solis explores yearning and ache, identity and ancestry, grief and love in a raw and candid work of art. Solis’s writing is passion, emotion, and everything in between; it lures you in like a song, then consumes you whole. Every poem strikes you like a bullet; every poem burns and smolders with intensity, leaving smoke and hunger in its wake: “tell me, / why are you crying—you are supposed to be / on your knees”. A captivating and lusciously rich collection.– Kayleigh Sim, author of "moongazing, ephemerally" (Ethel Press) and "night driving" (Ghost City Press)"Carina Solis navigates the intersections of gender and youth in the twenty-first century with simultaneous candor and wit within her debut collection. With poems delineating the loss of innocence and the violence of patriarchy, Solis infuses an incandescent cognizance into each line, embedding the collection with a soft yet furious precision. It is this sense of fury—a fury ignored in contemporary contexts for so long—that establishes Solis as both a poet of veracity and of violence. "Daughtersong" is a collection that grows into its own unspoken yet deeply intimate grief."– Sharon Zhang, author of "mother bird" (Fifth Wheel Press)