Gene Twaronite

255 N. Granada Ave. Apt. 1013
Tucson, AZ 85701

Author's Bio

Gene Twaronite is a Tucson poet, essayist, and author of seven books, including two juvenile fantasy novels and two short story collections. His first book of poems "Trash Picker on Mars" was published by Kelsay Books in 2016, and was the winner of the 2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Arizona poetry. His second book of poetry "The Museum of Unwearable Shoes" was published in 2018. Follow more of Gene's writing @

Publications and Prizes

Fast Forward The Mix Tape. A collection of flash fiction, Vol. 3
(Word Press, 2010)
, In Short: How to Teach the Young Adult Short Story
(Heinemann Books, 2005)
Avatar Review, Eternal Haunted Summer, Mouse Tales Press, New Myths, Read Magazine, Write Room, Wilderness House Literary Review
Prizes Won: 
2017 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award

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Fiction Writer, Poet
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THE CONTAINER STORE By Gene Twaronite A new store in the mall/ promises containers/ for every purpose./ Shelves upon shelves/ of boxes, bins, and baskets,/ tinted jars and shiny canisters/ to store everything in our lives/ and then some./ Such a clever concept—/ makes me want to buy new stuff/ just to fill those hungry containers./ Maybe someday/ they will sell/ just the right vessel/ to store our thoughts/ and emotions in safe/ and accessible spaces./ For playful thoughts/ tanks and bowls to display/ like tropical fish/ their gay frolics./ For darker notions/ sturdy cages/ of glass and steel/ to hold them fast/ while we study/ their motions./ Don’t worry about losing/ important memories/ when we have file cases/ of fine-grain oak/ or mahogany/ to store them securely/ by subject and date/ against dust, mold,/ and the ravages of time./ To show off our finest/  thoughts and feelings—/ that first love perhaps/ or the lost cause/ we once fought for—/ trophy cabinets/ in the living room/ when company comes./ For troublesome creatures/ that gnaw and consume us—/ hate, jealousy, and greed—/ killing jars/ in matching designer sets./ And for all the mournful memories/ never to be forgotten/ tasteful urns inscribed with verse/ perfect for the mantel. (From "Trash Picker on Mars," Kelsay Books, 2016)
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Last updated: Mar 07, 2019