Catastrophic Molting


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Flowersong Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.28 inches | 0.43 pounds
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About the Author

Amy Shimshon-Santo is a writer and educator who believes that creativity is a powerful tool for personal and social transformation. Her work connects the arts, education, and urbanism. Amy is the author of Even the Milky Way is Undocumented (Unsoliticed Press), and Endless Bowls of Sky (Placeholder Press), and numerous peer-reviewed essays (GeoHumanities; Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice; and PUBLIC, among others). She has amplified community voices as the editor of Arts = Education (UC Press) and co-editor of Et Al. (Illinois Open Publishing Network). Amy began her creative career in dance performing throughout Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the U.S. at venues including the Kennedy Center for the Arts. She went on to co-found the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center, lead the ArtsBridge Program at UCLA, and direct the Arts Management Program at Claremont Graduate University. Her teaching career has spanned research universities, community centers, K-12 schools, arts organizations, and spaces of incarceration. Amy founded CREO Changemakers to help generate a just society, amplify community knowledge, and catalyze great ideas into action. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in urban planning (UCLA), an M.F.A. in creative writing (Antioch University), and a B.A. in Latin American Studies (UC Santa Cruz). Along the way, she raised two phenomenal children into adulthood, and mentored myriad artists and cultural activists.


"Creation is a necessary endeavor," Amy Shimshon-Santo reminds us, and Catastrophic Molting is a necessary book. These poems thrum with anger ("who can be witness/to these times/and not want

to be thunder?") and glow with compassion. Her poems are awake to both the pain and beauty of our world. At the end of the title poem, she asks "what if we were a part of a whole/that loved us

without ceasing?" Being inside this book feels like being part of such a whole, an immersive ocean of unceasing love.

-Gayle Brandeis

Amy Shimshon-Santo's Catastrophic Molting is an exploration of the deeper connections we inhabit. The poems weave the tragedies we experience daily with the beauty and wonderment of being alive, "I began to see/how the world is/all things linked/in the same place." Among separation and closeness, desperation and hope, she invites us to thrive in the abundance that is all around us.

-Leonora Simonovis

In Catastrophic Molting Amy Shimshon-Santo's poems of revelation are made in an age of streaming messages, zooming interactions, war, the police state, incarceration, and toxic cities. Her poems are

a space to heal our cuerpos with her dazzling butterfly wisdom, and sky warrior rhymes.

-Adrian Ernesto Cepeda

Amy Shimshon-Santo's poems are the words of a survivor, a warrior, and a creator. Time and time again, across borders and languages, her writing takes us into sensuous and deeply emotional places, finding beauty and rootedness and meaning in everyday moments and extraordinary landscapes.

-Héctor Tobar

Amy Shimshon-Santo is the most organic poet I have ever read. Her art erupts or flows as the subject demands, cherishing and berating the world with equal ferocity; one minute politically exigent, the next dreamy and attuned to the language of the tiniest living thing.

-Mamle Kabu