Poems, Stories, etc.

Neile Graham's poetry is breathtaking and stern, abducting her audience into a realm of disturbing yet beautiful detail and experience.

—Bumbershoot Arts Festival Schedule

Poems currently available online

Forthcoming poems

  • "The God of the Ill Wind" "The Goddess of the Drowned Lands," "The Goddess of Real Things," "The Goddess of Escape," "The God of White Stones" forthcoming in Polar Starlight

Poems in print magazines and journals

  • "The Goddess of Apples" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 45 (2022)
  • "About God(s)(desses), Part 1," "About God(s)(desses), Part 2" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 38 (July 2018)
  • "Petraphilia" in Prairie Fire 39.2 (2018)
  • "You Put a Spell On Me," "Helen's Reverie and Then Some," "Cannibal Spirit Dance" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 34 (July 2016)
  • "Transformation Song" in The Malahat Review 189 (Winter 2014)
  • "Bean Nighe: The Washer At The Ford" in Not One of Us 51 (2014)
  • "Ksampguiyaeps Woman-Out-to-Sea," "Hermitage" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 29 (Fall 2013)
  • "The Green Green Rain" in Mythic Delirium 26 (2013)
  • "3 St. Ronan's Drive" in Queen's Quarterly 118:2 (Summer 2011)
  • "Put Out The Light" in Prairie Fire 32:1 (Spring 2011)
  • "Aged Black, Morning Green" in Canadian Literature 200 (Spring 2009)
  • "Machrie Moor" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 24 (Fall 2009)
  • "Atlantic Pacific," "Haida Gwaii Journal May 1982" in Dream Catcher 23 (2009)
  • "Thunderbird Comes From the Sunset" in The Malahat Review 165 (2008)
  • "Egg and Sky Skye and Eigg" in The Malahat Review 160 (2007)
  • "The Tattoos I Don't Have" and "Westness Walk" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet 20 (2007)
  • "Lockerbie" in Full Unit Hookup 8 (2006)
  • "Giant's Graves Forest Trail1 Painted by Numbers" in The Malahat Review 155 (2006)
  • "Hunting The Lady Well" in Canadian Literature 186 (2005)
  • "1773" in LitRag 19 (2005)
  • "The Mainland Tour: Orkney" in Thin Air 0013 (2005)
  • "Westward Ever Dreaming" in Canadian Literature 178 (2003)
  • "Carnasserie Castle" in Grain 29:4 (2002)
  • "Wearing Nothing But The Midnight Sun" (Editor's Choice) in Arc 47 (2001)
  • "The Grey Cairns of Camster" in LitRag 11 (2001)
  • "Meditation at La Push" in Arc 45 (2000)
  • "Answers for the Phone Surveyor," "Consider Teiresias" in LitRag 8 (2000)
  • "The Fisher's Daughter" in Magazine of Speculative Poetry 4.4 (2000)
  • "Sea Glass From Execution Rock" in Seattle Neighborhood Arts Celebration program (February 12, 2000)
  • "The Walk She Takes," "What Comes of Winter" in TickleAce 37 (2000)
  • "Beneath the Sign Marked Maidens >9" (Editor's Choice) in Arc 43 (1999)
  • "Alchemical Daughter" in Contemporary Verse 2 22.1 (1999)
  • "Map of the Ancient World," "My Love Out Riding" in Star*Line 22.3 (1999)
  • "Delicate as the Shapes of Spirits" in Canadian Literature 159 (1998)
  • "Lucidity" (Editor's Choice) in Arc 41 (1998)
  • "Reconstructing a Life," "On Skye," "Dwarfie Stane, Isle of Hoy" in PoetsWest 1:3 (1998)
  • "Ravenous" (Editor's Choice) in Arc 39 (1997)
  • "On Skye" in Museletter May (1995)
  • "Settled in Montana for Winter" in Toronto Star (December 9, 1995)
  • "Electra to Orestes: Against the Furies" in The Dalhousie Review 73.1 (1994)
  • "I was a Pagan Baby" in Earth's Daughters 42 (1994)
  • "The Game of Cards," "Loving The Green Man" in Poet Lore 89.1 (1994)
  • "The Tree in the World" in Arc 31 (1993)
  • "Tomb of the Eagles" in Prism 31.4 (1993)
  • "Story 1," "Woman at the Edge of the World" in University of Windsor Review 26.2 (1993)
  • "White Lies" in Canadian Literature 133 (1992)
  • "Fool's Gold on the Snow," "Tuppence in Pocket" in Grain 20.2 (1992)
  • "Four Crow Photographs," "The Lovers in Grey"in The Antigonish Review 85-86 (1991)
  • "Postcard of O'Keeffe," "Winter or Goodbye" in Arc 26 (1991)
  • "My Father Among the Mayans," "Sooke River Story" in NeWest Review 16.3 (1991)
  • "Sea Glass from Execution Rock," "Tam Lin" in Quarry 40.4 (1991)
  • "Midfire" in Primavera 14/15 (1991)
  • "Why I Would Think I am Leaving" in Poet Lore 85.3 (1990)
  • "Heat and the City," "Woman in Bath" in The New Quarterly 4.4 (1990)
  • "So We Know It's Not Just Us" in Canadian Literature 121 (1989)
  • "Hero at the Gates of Hell," "Shoah" in Contemporary Verse 2 12.1 (1989)
  • "My Grandmother's Photograph" in Dandelion 16.2 (1989)
  • "Berlin Dreams" in Queen's Quarterly 96.2 (1989)
  • "What is the Poison Named?" in The Dalhousie Review 67.4 (1988)
  • "Settled in Montana for Winter," "Sleeping with Lambs" in Descant 18.4 (1987)
  • "Parable of the Headwaters" in Mississippi Mud (1987)
  • "The Prophet as Traveller," "Salamander Pendant" in Canadian Literature 112 (1987)
  • "Lakeside Inventory" in Calyx 10.1 (1986)
  • "Map of Vancouver Island" in The Greenfield Review 13.3-4 (1986)
  • "Four Pole Crow Burial Scaffold; A Hillside in Spring" in Northern Lights II.3 (1986)
  • "The Master of Winter" in Wind 15.3 (1985)
  • "The Name of the Hunt" in Ariel 14.3 (1983)
  • "Anything You Say," "High Water," "Saltspring," "Swutlak Builds False Spring" in Canadian Literature 98 (1983)
  • "Aside," "Candle Making" in Prairie Fire 4.4 (1983)
  • "Cassandra," "Photograph" in The Antigonish Review 55 (1982)
  • "Heart of Stone" in CutBank 19 (1982)
  • "The Man's Dark Voice" in Dandelion 9.2 (1982)
  • "Journal in February" in Island 11 (1982)
  • "The Seasons Break Their Shapes," "`Sky Dark, Cloudless and Starless,'" "St. Maudlin (La Folle)" in The Malahat Review 61 (1982)
  • "December," "House with a Breeze," "The Manuscript" in Origins 12.3 (1982)
  • "In Reply to Your Letter" in The Wascana Review 17.1 (1982)
  • "Amazones & The Birdmen," "Naming," "The Stolen Bird" in WOT 4.1 (1982)
  • "Seven Robins," "How I'll Never Get Out," "Home Out of Place" in The Fiddlehead 128 (1981)
  • "Sky is That Moment" in From an Island (1980):
  • "As I'm Talking to You," "The End of the Long Season" in WOT 2.2 (1980)
  • "Voices from a New World" in From an Island (1979)

Poems in anthologies

  • The 2022 Rhysling Anthology (USA: Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, 2022): "Blood Spells"
  • "The Forester's Stratagem" in Climbing Lightly Through Forests: A Poetry Anthology Honoring Ursula K. Le Guin, eds. R.B. Lemberg and Lisa M. Bradley (Seattle: Aqueduct Press, 2021)
  • The 2018 Rhysling Anthology (USA: Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, 2018): "The Alchemy of Arsenic"
  • The 2017 Rhysling Anthology (USA: Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, 2017): "Feles Alieni Vere Sunt"
  • With Lyre and Bow: A Devotional in Honor of Apollo (Bibliotheca Alexandrina: 2016): "Daphne"
  • Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing 2014 (Toronto, ON: Chizine Press, 2016): "Chant For Summer Darkness in Northwest Climes," "The God of Lost Things," "The Lark, The Peat, The Star and Our Time"
  • Strange Horizons: Favorites of the Last Fifteen Years (Strange Horizons, 2015): "Dsonoqua on Lewis, The Outer Hebrides"
  • The 2015 Rhysling Anthology (USA: Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2015): "The Alchemy"
  • Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (Toronto, ON: Chizine Press/Tightrope Books, 2105): "Ksampguiyaeps Woman-Out-to-Sea"
  • The 2012 Rhysling Anthology (USA: Science Fiction Poetry Association, 2012): "The Bean-Sidhe Calls in Owl-Light"; "The Ones Outside Your Door"
  • Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing (Toronto, ON: Chizine Press/Tightrope Books, 2012): "The Bean-Sidhe Calls in Owl-Light"; "The Ones Outside Your Door"
  • The Moment of Change (Seattle, WA: Aqueduct Press, 2012): "Dsonoqua Daughters"
  • Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv (Granada Hill, CA: Red Hen Press, 2008): "On Skye"
  • Arms Like Ladders: The Eloquent She. Poems from The Feminist Caucus (Toronto: League of Canadian Poets, 2007): "Dsonoqua Daughters"
  • The Long Journey: Pacific Northwest Poets (Oregon: University of Oregon Press, 2006): "Graves and Churchyards Cairns and Cairns," "The Walk She Takes"
  • And No One Knows The Blood We Share: Poems from the Feminist Caucus (Toronto: League of Canadian Poets, 2005): "On Skye"
  • Anthology One (Delaware: The Alsop Review Press, 2004): "Graves and Churchyards Cairns and Cairns," "The Walk She Takes," "Wearing Nothing But The Midnight Sun"
  • New Life in Dark Seas: Brick Books 25 (London, Ontario: Brick Books, 2000): "Sea Glass From Execution Rock"
  • Pontoon 4 (Seattle, WA: Floating Bridge Press, 2000): "Kilmichael Glassary"
  • We All Begin in a Little Magazine: Arc and the Promise of Canada's Poets, 1978 to 1998 (Ottawa, Ontario: Carleton University Press/Arc, 1998): "The Tree in the World"
  • Vintage 95 (Kingston, Ontario: Quarry, 1996): "On Skye," "Walking the Land's Edge, Orkney"
  • Vintage 93 (Kingston, Ontario: Quarry, 1994): "September, New York," "Tomb of the Eagles"
  • Vintage 92 (Victoria, B.C./Toronto: Sono Nis Press/League of Canadian Poets, 1993): "Gravestones at Elgin Cathedral"
  • A Discord of Flags: Canadian Poets Write About the Gulf War (Toronto: A Discord of Flags, 1992): "There As Here There Are No Doors"
  • Something More Than Words (Victoria: Reference West, 1991): "Alban Eiler: A Calling-On Song"
  • More Garden Varieties Two (Toronto: Aya/Mercury/League of Canadian Poets, 1990): "Storyteller Talking at the End of Her Days," "Washing at Sunset"
  • 1984 Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, ed. Alan Pater (Hollywood: Monitor Book Company, 1984): "Photograph"
  • The Parthenon Poetry Anthology ed. Angelo Aaron Schmuller (Rockaway, NY: Parthenon Publishing, 1981): "Seven Robins"
  • Student Oracle, ed. Noel Hudson-Jones and Julian Ross (Nelson, B.C.: David Thompson University Centre, 1979): "Cremation," "River"

Short stories

  • Odyssey 7 (1998): "Ars Poetica"
  • Odyssey 1 (1997): "Furious"

Essays, articles, reviews

  • "Introduction" in Pocket Workshop, ed. Tod McCoy and M. Huw Evans (Seattle: Hydra House, forthcoming February 2021.
  • "The Work of a Workshop" in Uncanny 21 (2018).
  • "John Barton" in The Malahat Review At Fifty: Canada's Iconic Literary Journal, ed. John Barton (Victoria, BC: University of Victoria Libraries, 2018)
  • "Diversity At Clarion West" in The WisCon Chronicles (Vol 9): Intersections and Alliances ed. Mary Anne Mohanraj (Seattle: Aqueduct Press, 2015).
  • "Urban Designs" in The Urban/Rural Experience ed. Maya Bannerman. Living Archives of the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets (Toronto: League of Canadian Poets, 1996). Later republished online in The Salmon Bay Review.
  • "Poetry as DNA" in Reinventing Memory ed. Anne Burke. Living Archives of the Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets (Toronto: League of Canadian Poets, 1994). Later republished online in The Salmon Bay Review, then in Imprints and Casualties ed. Anne Burke. (Fredericton, New Brunswick: Broken Jaw Press, 2000): "Poetry as DNA"
  • "Incense: Robin Skelton's 'Burning Sticks, Mallorca,'" Arc 44 (2000)
  • Blind Criticism of "Untitled" (muse)Letters (Spring 1997)
  • Review of Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver, Calyx 14.1 (1992)
  • Review of Speaking in Tongues by Maura Simon, Calyx 14.1 (1992)
  • "A Desert Full of Glass," review of A Nostalgist's Map of America by Agha Shahid Ali, Poet Lore 87:1 (1992)
  • "Going the Distance," a bookstore review by Nelly & Fred, Upstream (Winter 1992)
  • Review of The Green Dream by Olga Cabral, Calyx 13.3 (1991-92)
  • Review of Powers of Congress by Alice Fulton, Calyx 13.3 (1991-92)
  • "Food for Body and Mind," a bookstore review by Nelly & Fred, Upstream (Summer/Fall 1991)
  • "Victoria(n) Bookstores," a bookstore review by Nelly & Fred, Upstream (Spring 1991)
  • Review of Magpie on the Gallows by Madeline DeFrees, Calyx 11.1 (1987)
  • Review of Cascades by Pamela Stewart, Calyx 11.1 (1987)
  • "Missoula," article (with James Gurley), Northwest Illustrated Artpaper 1.6 (June 1986)
  • Review of Erosion by Jorie Graham, CutBank 23 (1985)