Author portrait by  Arthur Johnstone

Author portrait by Arthur Johnstone

youssef alaoui

Youssef Alaoui is an Arab-Latino poet, author, editor and artist. Alaoui received his masters degree at New College of California, San Francisco, focusing on pre-Islamic Arabic poetry, Spanish classical poetry, and contemporary Moroccan poetry. He has spent most of his professional life in library stacks and at the computer referencing facts and citations, and for a few years, served as a contracted international investigator.

Alaoui’s work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Big Bridge, Cherry Bleeds, 580 Split, Full of Crow, Carcinogenic Poetry, Least Bittern, Dusie Press, Tsunami Books, Red Fez, and Rivet Journal. He is the author of The Blue Demon (2012), Death at Sea — Poems (2013), Fiercer Monsters (Nomadic Press, 2017), and Critics of Mystery Marvel (2018).

Alaoui, a Pushcart Prize nominee, is the founder of Paper Press Books & Assoc. Publishing Company and the Beast Crawl Poetry Festival. His home cities are Morro Bay, Tempe, Paris, Lille, Seattle, and Oakland.

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Fiercer Monsters (2017)