Mazzy Sleep

I started writing in July 2020 when I was eight years old. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury sparked something in me, and since then I have been writing every day. I’ve completed two novels, two feature screenplays, and hundreds of short stories and poems. Some of my other favorite writers are Haruki Murakami, Louise Glück, Daphne du Maurier, Sara Teasdale, Leonora Carrington, W. Somerset Maugham, and Kelly Link.

“At the tender age of 11, Toronto artist Mazzy Sleep will soon be immortalized on the moon.” – The Toronto Star

“She has published poetry in some of the most prestigious literary journals in North America.” – CNN

Fiction


Published

The Margins (Asian American Writers’ Workshop)

The Colors Between White Lines” | May 2023

“Flash fiction by perhaps our youngest Margins contributor”

Defunct Magazine

Defunct Magazine

After the Fire” | Issue 10, Spring 2022

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Maudlin House

The Night Nobody Moved” | May 2022

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Barren Magazine

Game of Charades” | Issue 21, Fall 2022

Jellyfish Review

Another Person” | One line only. Maybe two, May 2022

Poetry


Forthcoming

Contemporary Verse 2

Contemporary Verse 2

“Moth, Moon & Hex” | Print, 2024

Mantis, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University

Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism & Translation

Two poems | Print, Volume 22, 2024

  • “Too Far In”
  • “dust cover shell”

Published

Lunar Codex

Lunar Codex

ringed winged” | Special commission for time capsules to the moon
Featured in CNN, Toronto Star, The Times and 980 CKNW Vancouver

  • Codex Νουα – Landed on Lunar South Pole, February 22, 2024
    SpaceX Falcon 9 / Intuitive Machines Odysseus
  • Codex Serenity – Lunar Southern Hemisphere, August 2024
    SpaceX Falcon 9 / NASA CLPS-TO-19D
  • Codex Polaris – Lunar South Pole, November 2024
    SpaceX Falcon Heavy / NASA CLPS-TO-20A

“Mazzy is the youngest poet curated into the Lunar Codex.”
Founder Samuel Peralta

The Minnesota Review

The Minnesota Review

Dawn” | Print, Issue 101, Fall 2023

Blackbird

Darling” | Vol. 21 No. 3, Spring 2023

Geist

Heart Medicine” | Print, Issue 122, December 2022

Notable Poem in Best Canadian Poetry 2024 anthology

Door Is A Jar Magazine

Five poems | Print, Issue 29, Winter 2023

  • “Only Dizzy When You Stop”
  • “can’t believe this”
  • “Castaway”
  • “The Sun”
  • “We Dance Around the Scream”

Meniscus (Australasian Association of Writing Programs)

curve of vivid blue light” | Volume 11, Issue 2, 2023

Potomac Review Issue 73 Fall 2023

Potomac Review

Lost” | Print, Issue 73, Fall 2023

White Wall Review

White Wall Review

Four poems | May 2023

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LEON Literary Review

ghost” | Issue #23, December 2023

2022 RYPA cover

2022 Rattle Young Poets Anthology

The City” + audio | Print, June 2022

Passengers Journal Volume 3, Issue 4

Passengers Journal

February” + audio | Volume 3, Issue 4, December 2022
Featured on Passengers Journal Poetrycast, January 2023

“It fully illustrates Mazzy’s ability to intuitively tap into the darkness and the more oppressive themes… it’s like goth Mary Oliver in a sense.”
– Poetry Editor Andreea Ceplinschi

Queen's Quarterly Fall 2022 issue

Queen’s Quarterly

The Forest” | Print, Volume 129, Fall 2022

Queen's Quarterly Summer 2022 issue

Queen’s Quarterly

Mercy’s Sunset” | Print, Volume 129, Summer 2022

Queen's Quarterly Spring 2022 issue

Queen’s Quarterly

Literals” | Print, Volume 129, Spring 2022

Queen's Quarterly Winter 2021 issue

Queen’s Quarterly

Crown of Vespers” | Print, Volume 128, Winter 2021

“Mazzy is the youngest poet ever published by Queen’s Quarterly, which has been in business for more than 100 years.”
Literary Editor Joan Harcourt

The Broken Plate Spring 2022 issue

The Broken Plate

Memorial” | Print, Spring 2022

Hawai’i Pacific Review

Hawaiʻi Pacific Review

Sunblow” | September 2021

Lunch Ticket

Never Mercy” | Amuse-Bouche, November 2021

Honours


Best Canadian Poetry 2024 anthology selected by Bardia Sinaee

Best Canadian Poetry 2024

Heart Medicine” in Geist 122
Named a Notable Poem by editor Bardia Sinaee

Forest Poets

2021 Waltham Forest Poetry Competition

Cottage Grove” | Young Poets (under 18)
Commended by Joelle Taylor, winner of the 2021 T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

Bournemouth Young Writers Prize 2022

Bournemouth Young Writers Prize Anthology

“Through Others’ Eyes” | Print, Fall 2022

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League of Canadian Poets

Associate Member

Workshops


Iowa Young Writers’ Studio

Crafting Engaging Narratives with Suzette Sheft | Summer 2023

House of Anansi

House of Anansi

Creative Writing Workshops with Eva Crocker

  • Fundamentals of Short Fiction: Setting | September 2023
  • Fundamentals of Short Fiction: Character Development | November 2023