Publications

Depending on the original published format, you can find samples of my published work, both digitized and in print, below.

Songs After Memory Fractures

Allyson Jeffredo

In this chapbook collection of poetry, the speaker elegizes fading and forgotten memories. Often, we are at the whim of our memories by what it decides to recall or remember at any given moment. So, who are we if and when our memory leaves us? What kind of version of ourselves do we become when all that we were is no longer privy to us? These are questions I was thinking when writing these poems. You can also check out this interview by the wonderful Olga Garcia Echeverria for more on Songs.


Buy it here!

Poems

Only We Can Pull
Only We Can Pull
There are moments when beauties come into being—the unbelievably small feet of a new born in your now grown hand, a salmon sky painted with cross-stitched contrails over a background of storm clouds—always or often where imbalance touches the border of another imbalance. Found: balance: a puzzle piece hanging off the table still grasping the edge of another. View More
When I talk Too Much
When I talk Too Much
My skin revolts at the flame of saying things I shouldn’t have, of falling into a guise too loose & too tight to handle He talks as if he swallowed leaves the crunchy sound of ego sprawled on the tile, punch me, please, but I know better View More
He Says
He Says
When you were born, you missed the shore and dropped into the evening ocean. Where the waves crack the surface and you sink into darkness further from the sky. You’re caught in perpetual breast-stroke for the shivering air above, for the moist, raw shore of high tide. View More
As If
As If
the bed may have been rumpled. our legs crescents of unmeaningful lilts drive into the bed skirt pushed early to flower, fraught to conceal our steep, off-pitch giggles. our mom’s face warps yellow & mistaken—we burst light bulbs misread in all directions—she thinks our bodies point at her, a hole in her sock or her coffee coils too electric. she, we, our arms a grove of disheveled yarn View More
Treasures: Pickles
Treasures: Pickles
As the sourness subdues my craving, the pickle bites memory into my tongue. When I was 12, I would chase pickles with creamy whole-milk, feel the milk shock my teeth like someone hooked jumper cables up to each tooth. My mom saw my scrunched face and laughed, That’s the same combination I’d crave when I was pregnant with you. View More

Articles

Inlandia Literary Journeys: Refugees’ experiences too powerful not to write about
Inlandia Literary Journeys: Refugees’ experiences too powerful not to write about
During the summer, I worked with Glocally Connected — a nonprofit group founded by Sherry Mackay and Selin Yildiz Nielsen that provides free English classes primarily for Afghan and Syrian women refugees, and art and creative writing lessons for the children. In the introduction to her novel, “The House on Mango Street,” Sandra Cisneros says, “I write about my students because I don’t know what else to do with their stories. Writing them down allows me to sleep.” View More
San Bernardino is Beautiful
San Bernardino is Beautiful
On a stroll through San Bernardino’s business district last weekend, I came across a woman on a street corner gripping a teetering stack of fliers and an empty Big Gulp. As she struggled to hold everything in place, the Big Gulp slipped from the nook of her elbow, spilling the fliers all over the sidewalk. With a sigh, she bent down to collect them. A long-haired dachshund patiently watched the scene by her side. View More
Art, writing workshops help bring some healing from persistent violence
Art, writing workshops help bring some healing from persistent violence
With the support of a California Humanities grant, Inlandia Literary Laureate Nikia Chaney, initiated a Voices Against Violence project, which uses the arts to address the violence experienced in Inland Empire communities. View More
Replenishing Your Art Will Also Replenish Your Much-Neglected Soul
Replenishing Your Art Will Also Replenish Your Much-Neglected Soul
Until I went on disability, I didn’t realize the state of neglect in which I have left my soul. View More

Essays

A Half Tale
A Half Tale
THE BEIGING OF AMERICA, BEING MIXED RACE IN THE 21ST CENTURY, takes on “race matters” and considers them through the firsthand accounts of mixed race people in the United States. Edited by mixed race scholars Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, Sean Frederick Forbes and Tara Betts, this collection consists of 39 poets, writers, teachers, professors, artists and activists, whose personal narratives articulate the complexities of interracial life. Discrimination, instilling pride in family settings, sorting out the terms and names that people call themselves and their relatives, tackling colorism within communities of color, and childhood recollections fill these pages with compelling stories that speak to lived experiences, mapping a new ethnic terrain that transcends racial and cultural division View More