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24.3 Chapbook Release!

Iron Horse Literary Review is proud to announce the release of Shuly Xóchitl Cawood's chapbook What the Fortune Teller Would Have Said.


Cawood's collection of flash essays was the winner of Iron Horse Literary Review's 2022 chapbook contest.



Reading Shuly Cawood's flash essays in What the Fortune Teller Would Have Said is like reading a collection of stand-alone poems. Poems about longing. About loss. About love. About memory and how it pulls us back into fragments and still images as we try to piece ourselves together within those memories. They are nostalgic and moving, and the language with which she crafts her recollections of the people she has loved and lost and longed for is succulent and dripping with both desire and hunger. This is a beautiful way to move into a writer's life and memory, and Cawood opens herself to us with the kind of honesty and vulnerability that reveals her inner depth and love with words.

—Marina DelVecchio author of Dear Jane and The Virgin Chronicles


Shuly Xóchitl Cawood grew up writing stories on her father’s blue Selectric typewriter. Her debut poetry collection, Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning (Mercer University Press, 2021), won the Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry. Cawood’s other books include A Small Thing to Want (Press 53, 2020); the little advice book, 52 Things I Wish I Could Have Told Myself When I Was 17 (Cimarron Books, 2018); and the memoir, The Going and Goodbye (Platypus Press, 2017). Shuly received her MFA in creative writing from Queens University and her MA in journalism from The Ohio State University. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Sun, and Brevity, among others. Shuly loves to hike in the woods, doodle with her Crayola markers, and teach writing workshops.

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