Daniella Toosie-Watson

Daniella Toosie-Watson is a poet, visual artist and educator from New York. She was a 2020 winner of the 92Y Discovery Contest, a 2019 winner of the University of Michigan Hopwood Award for Poetry, and a finalist for the 2019 Frontier Open Contest. She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, VONA, the InsideOut Detroit Literary Arts Project, and The Watering Hole. Her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT and elsewhere. Daniella received her MFA from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

I’m sitting on the front stoop of apartment when a flock of birds interrupts my sadness and guzzles up the berries on the tree next to me. My neighbor walks by and in my new-found […]

“I am god of them now. /
Stuck to the strip, I know /
some of them are still alive.”