about the poet

about the poet

my poems emerge from the dark of you meeting i. then there is something more than light. there is life.

in this life there are people wanting secret wishes taking shape as poems; friends connecting 3000 miles of wonder and wisdom and what now’s; lovers giving each other keys to rooms they’ve always wanted to open; rain smells on sidewalks; kites shaped like swallows; squirrels; chickens; yes; no; o; oh!; children laughing as mothers underdog them on swings; men named harry and women named betty living in nursing homes writing poems for the first time in their eighty-something years of life, “well,” they say, “how about that.”

that is where magic lies, where a poet turns teacher, meets old people turned friends, and so much waiting and wanting comes alive. that, like tea-lit pumpkins on porches and thousands of fireflies looking like fallen stars over a field at night, and punctuation changing so many things, that is the stuff of my life.

if you’d like to hire me to write poems at your next event, or teach poetry, contact me at thepoetrystore.poet@gmail.com

thank you so much for your support. yours in poetry and gratitude,


p.s. i am in need of a place to live in san francisco! can you help?

must: be in sf, rent controlled, long term (more than 1-2 years), beautiful sanctuary of a home, bunny friendly, move in by september.

preferred: $1300/mnth or much less! in a neighborhood close to my art studio in the mission. no more than 1-2 housemates.

wish list: washer and dryer in unit, yard, lemon tree, ability to make it home for 20+ years if i want to and i do want to!

the dream: an affordable backyard cottage all to my own! and/or a home you’re not in very often which i take care of when you’re gone. a place i can be with my bunny family, my working from home when i’m not in the studio, and my heart that so so loves living in san francisco.

about me: great credit, steady income, super clean and considerate housemate/tenant well versed in living with other people. love to share vegetarian meals. comes with vitamix and record player.

official bio

Silvi Alcivar received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction writing from The Pennsylvania State University and earned a BA in English and Women’s Studies, with a focus on fine art, from the College Scholar program at Cornell University. Her work has been published in online journals, Poets 11 (a collection of poems edited by Jack Hirschman), and her “Broke-Ass Manifesto” is featured in Broke-Ass Stuart‘s latest book. She has performed her work on stage and radio throughout the San Francisco Bay area, where she’s been living since 2007. As The Poetry Store owner and poet/artist, she writes and sells custom poetry in three forms: on-demand, as jewelry, and as art. To date, she has written and sold thousands of poems and her artwork has been exhibited at the Femina Potens Gallery, SOMArts Ramp Gallery, Live Worms, The Goods Gallery, Secession Art & Design, La Boutique, and Steelgrass Farm in Kauai. In 2010, her work with The Poetry Store was featured in The San Francisco Chronicle and Daily Candy SF named The Poetry Store one of the top ten best new finds of the year. Since 2005, Silvi has also been dedicating herself to another passion–teaching poetry classes for the elderly. She currently teaches for The Institute on Aging and encourages everyone to visit someone in a nursing home (especially your family and especially the elders who no longer have families).

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