I'm Alina Pleskova: a poet, editor, Russian immigrant turned proud Philadelphian, & consummate Aquarius. My first chapbook, What Urge Will Save Us, was published in April 2017 by Spooky Girlfriend Press.
I co-edit bedfellows - a biannual print & online literary magazine that catalogs work about sex, desire, & intimacy - with Jackee Sadicario. You can read some of my poems in Cosmonauts Avenue, American Poetry Review, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Elderly, Mistress, Vagabond City Lit, & more. When not working or traveling for my full-time gig in academic publishing, I host/perform at readings & teach the occasional poetry workshop. I also curate Sitting Room Series (on Twitter / Instagram), in which I visit writers' homes & film short clips of them performing in their chosen habitats.