Elaina Whitesell

Elaina Whitesell is a writer, educator, and musician. She is an MFA candidate at Maharishi International University where she is working on her first manuscript of poetry–How to Get Prettier. She produces and sings in a band called Magenta Moon. Sometimes she goes by @smoogiewonderful.

Five Hello Kitty frames of pink and green scatter throughout the frescoed background. They frame two hands and the tip of a mountain. A purple orchid hangs in the foreground. Art by Elaina


“In poetry, there’s a hot magenta, sparkly dark purple that feels like sneaking out at night.

Poetry integrates shadow with light. Becomes glitter glue. She is the dark purple lights strobing into the desert night. Neon palm trees. Tongues moving like snails over strawberries.”