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Shelley Puhak

Shelley Puhak is a poet and writer based in Baltimore. Her nonfiction has recently appeared in the Atlantic, Best American Travel Writing, Creative Nonfiction, and the Iowa Review. She is the author of two books of poetry and her first nonfiction book, The Dark Queens, is forthcoming (Bloomsbury, 2021).


Illustration by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

The Abuses of Enchantment

Fall 2019 | Essays

“Once upon a time, in a faraway land across the big sea, there was a very old city,” the old man with the very thick glasses said in his very thick accent. “It bordered on some woods and there, in a little house close to them, many many years ago, a boy was born.”