Paradise_Shuly Cawood

I haven’t seen St. John’s Virgin Island now for several years, but the year I snapped this photo was a tough one. I was lucky to make the trip, and I am still grateful for the beauty this island never fails to give to the world.

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Shuly Xóchitl Cawood grew up writing poems and stories on her father’s blue Selectric typewriter. She has an MFA from Queens University, and her memoir, The Going and Goodbye, was released in June, 2017. Her creative writing has been published such places as The Rumpus, Zone 3, Cider Press Review, Fiction Southeast, The Maine Review, and The Louisville Review, among others. You can read more about her work at