Announcing Ms. Aligned 2

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Ms. Aligned offers a stellar showcase. From an impassioned premise surfaces such a platter of beautiful surprises. The voices are distinct and diverse, the narratives all admirably rendered. The reader comes away with a soft wisdom. Of what it means to be relational. Of what it means to be complex, gendered beings navigating our heavy, exacting world. Fascinating and extraordinary!
Desmond Kon Zhicheng Mingdé

If you can find, as a reader, a small publication like this that shows such drive, you can almost feel the love in the pages. There are lots of anthologies like this out in the world – they are often themed, regularly published and almost always supported by a small staff. It’s my hope that anthologies like Ms. Aligned can get more attention. Anthology collections are where exciting writing comes to the surface.
Jessi Lewis, Book Riot

[These] stories and poems take a turn at punctuating maleness. They shape soft clay. They put the male in the female gaze and behold him. So many stories and poems in a row about men almost normalize this change in mode. If it weren’t what I had been reading for, I may not have entirely noticed. In [Ms. Aligned 2], the men are on stage and meant to be the ones asking “Is that how women see me? Am I forever being seen?” The stories and poems in Ms. Aligned behold the man.
Nicole Walker

With the generous support of the SEED IDEAS program of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, we produced the second edition of our women’s anthology. Published by El León Literary Arts and featuring several new contributors, Ms. Aligned 2 is available in a print edition from The 128-page paperback is $15.

For the month of November, we ran a giveaway campaign on Goodreads. People who entered by the 30th had the chance to win one of five free copies. To read about the results, please see our Facebook page.

Inside the Book

To get a peek at what’s in Ms. Aligned 2, see our Table of Contents. There are four short stories, two novel excerpts, nine poems, and two nonfiction narratives—as well as a foreword, preface, and introduction. To read about the writers and our cover artist—Guatemalan illustrator Súa Agapé—go to our Contributors page

Support the Ms. Aligned Project

In addition to obtaining institutional support, we are raising funds through GoFundMe. If you haven’t already made a donation, please consider it. Donors will receive complimentary copies of the book, and donations will enable us to reach more readers.

Editorial and Promotional Team


Announcing the publication of Ms. Aligned 1

coverMs. Aligned is now available as an ebook in PDF (ISBN 978-1-329-97077-9) from; price is $4.99. Warmest thanks go to SEED IDEAS, a unit of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, for helping to make this project possible.

The poems and stories and conversations in Ms. Aligned pay homage to the complex relationships between men and women. The female perspectives presented here—male creations/female creators—dissect, prod, query, challenge, validate, negotiate, and, ultimately, emancipate the gender boundaries that we otherwise take for granted. The effect is a wonderful loosening of the physical world, of our selves.—Samrat Upadhyay

The writings in Ms. Aligned are, in the original sense of the word, astonishing — yes, they surprise us, but they also stun, bewilder, and dismay. Whatever the best expectations for such a collection may be, this one lives up to them. And more important, it exceeds them.—Hayan Charara