ShaunaMaria Andolina

Shauna-Maria Andolina


Navel to Navel

He takes me where

a side of mayonnaise is eight dollars.

Chef presents fried zucchini blossoms

spiced with devils-blood dressing.

We lay navel to navel, pretending

one will never abandon the other.

His stomach cajoles mine

while a squirrel on the other side of the wall

steals a stale corn husk from the gutter.

Rain starts to finally drain.


In the Belly of a Creek     

A grizzly stares down

hunched, patient, silent—

the trout’s spine weaves through her teeth



Shauna-Maria Andolina was born and raised in Centre County, Pennsylvania. She hopes to someday visit Italy where her grandparents immigrated from including Villarosa, Perosa,  Cosenza, and Casale. If you’re coming over for an Italian dinner, she says, bring the Tylenol because everyone talks at the same time and it’s loud! And be ready to share your plate. Shauna-Maria earned her MFA in creative writing from Arcadia University in 2015 and is currently a professor in south Florida.