Crystal J. Zanders

Crystal J. Zanders is a poet, teacher, and pug-owner who lives in Albuquerque. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of New Mexico in Poetry. Her work has been featured in |tap|lit and is forthcoming in 45th Parallel.

inspiration and steady work

Grier Martin interviews
Crystal J. Zanders


Our poetry editor Grier Martin recently had this exchange with Crystal J. Zanders, our Issue #31 featured poet. Here’s what she had to say about her revision process, writing about family, and the fulfillment of having readers connect with her work…. Read more

"Television Can Seriously Damage Your Imagination" Acrylic on canvas with enamel tiles, buttons and paper collage


Defense of Dysfunction

By Crystal J. Zanders

My brother and I used to fight over the remote.

We would spend hours after school

before Mama got home, arms locked in battle.

If you let go, you lost…
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