The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: “Arachnid Verve” by Shauna Osborn



This selection comes from the poetry collection Arachnid Verve, available from Mongrel Empire Press. Order your copy here.

Shauna Osborn is an award winning Numunuu (Comanche)/German mestiza artist, researcher, and wordsmith. She has earned a BA from the University of Oklahoma and an MFA from New Mexico State University. Her debut poetry collection Arachnid Verve focuses on the acrobatic nature of Southwestern life and is available through Mongrel Empire Press. She creates contemporary work in her tribal language to help ensure its survival, funds tribal development and language immersion opportunities through grant writing, and creates indigenous feminist literary projects. Shauna’s list of honors includes a 2015 Artist in Residence for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Waves Writing Retreat, a National Poetry Award from the New York Public Library, Alternating Current Press Luminaire Award for Best Poetry, and the Native Writer Award from UNM Summer Writers’ Conference. Shauna is also the new National Director of the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. You can find her online at

Twitter handle: @tenaciousoz

Sam Slaughter is a spirits writer living in the New York City area. He received his BA from Elon University and his MA from Stetson University.  He writes for The Manual and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of places, including Midwestern GothicMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Heavy Feather Review. He was awarded the 2014 Best of There Will Be Words and his debut chapbook When You Cross That Line was published in May 2015. His debut short story collection God in Neon was published in 2016 published by Lucky Bastard Press. He loves playing with puppies and a good glass of bourbon.


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