Toni Mirosevich

Toni Mirosevich grew up in a Croatian-American fishing family in Everett, Washington. Her books of poetry include The Takeaway Bin (Spuyten Duyvil), Queer Street (Custom Words), My Oblique Strategies (Thorngate Road, 2005, winner of the Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award for LGBTQ poetry), The Rooms We Make Our Own (Firebrand Books), and Trio: Toni Mirosevich, Charlotte Muse, Edward Smallfield (Specter Press). She is the author of a book of nonfiction stories, Pink Harvest, winner of the First Series in Creative Non Fiction Award and Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her new book of linked stories Spell Heaven (Counterpoint Press, 2022) tells the tale of a gay couple’s move to a Northern California coastal town where they find comradery and meaning with a community of outsiders living by the sea’s edge. Her multi-genre writings have been anthologized in Best American Travel Writing, Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, AutoBioDiversity: True Stories from Zyzzyva, Best Women’s Travel Writing. She is a recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi Resident Arts, Hedgebrook, among others. Recent writings can be found at After early years working in various labor jobs she began teaching creative writing at San Francisco State University in 1991. She is a professor emeritus of creative writing at SFSU.