Alchemy cover


Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts charts a course into magical waters, anchoring itself in the frightening politicization of a woman’s body. The chemistry of this conversation between Spokane Poet, Maya Jewell Zeller, and Seattle artist, Carrie DeBacker, includes pomegranates for human heads, bones that can walk, and a ship sprung from a person’s back, “floating farther from shore.” The speaker in these incantations, behind these urgent watercolors, muses on the philosophies of geologic time, climate change, human genomes, and existential destruction. This book sets out to discover meaning in this terrible, beautiful time  —  and suggests wonder is where we’ll find it: “the diagnosis is strong / for the wild & wind mills.”

-Entre Rios Books, Seattle

Listen to Maya read excerpts here.

Order here.


To order RUST FISH, Maya’s first book–which offers an intimate coming-of-age narrative set in rural poverty–visit Lost Horse Press, Amazon, or tell your favorite bookstore to order some copies.



YESTERDAY, THE BEES, a chapbook navigating early motherhood, postpartum depression, and complicated family lineage during an era of extreme climate change and global distress, is  available from Floating Bridge Press.

Maya is currently seeking a publisher for several other collections, among them her hybrid/speculative fiction novella-in-vignettes, “A Few Nondescript Adventures of Some Consequence,” her memoir-in-progress, “Raised by Ferns,” her full-length poetry collection, “Tori Amos Nursing the Pig,” and her poetry chapbook, ” /out takes/ glove box/ .”

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