Holly Pelesky

I suppose I could use this page as a place to collect and display all of my writing, like an online curio cabinet.


  • Quiver — a chapbook of poems released by Picture Show Press;  5/19


Creative Non-Fiction

  • I Keep Meaning to Write About the Day You Were Born An essay based on the truest sentence I know, which is also the hardest to say. {Published by Pussy Magic 11/2019}
  • The Pet We Never Shared An essay on the despair I orbited around in the fall of 2005, after I placed my daughter up for adoption and moved to the Midwest. How it felt in my furniture-less apartment when I was empty. {Published in The Rappahannock Review, Issue 6.1, 12/2018}
    • Reprinted by the UNO Fine Arts Press for Concurrence No. 1. – 2019 (MFA Anthology)
  • Pooled in Ripples A micro essay on the tracks my daughter left on my body. {Published by River Teeth‘s “Beautiful Things” 12/2018}
  • Mouth An essay on what I didn’t say before now, on how you can hold a secret in your mouth for years and years if you believe you have to. {Published in Homology Lit, Issue 1, 1/2019}
  • About Chains A letter to my daughter in which I muddle through the emotional distance from my own mother. An exploration of the tension between mothers & daughters; a reflection on how the choices we make wedge space between us. {Published in The Nasiona, 1/2019}
    • You can also hear me read it on this podcast
  • Scorch a prose poem on the month of July, when my daughter once swelled my belly until she emerged. {Published in Ink in Thirds, Volume 3, Issue 2, 3/2019}
  • Bra Cabbage about the days right after my daughter’s birth, when my milk came in. {Published in Ruminate, Issue 50; Readers’ Notes, 3/2019}
  • The Days of our Growing In the summer of 2005, I held my daughter inside of me. This is a letter to her describing the simple days of ours, when I outgrew my home and she outgrew my womb. {Published in The Roanoake Review, 5/2019}
  • Now That I’m Being Honest on the ability to make a choice. {Published in Jellyfish Review, 5/2019}
  • Genesis a collection of vignettes where I follow my life through video games {Published in Queen Mobs, 9/2019}
  • Unzipped Skins about the bodies I’ve worn; what they looked like on and off me. {Published in FWS: A Journal of Literature and Art, Issue 2, Volume 1, Fall 2019}



That’s enough self-promotion. Go read my friends’ work on the other pages. They’re all so talented and smart and fun. Seriously, if only you saw our group chat.