Ralph-Michael Chiaia


Ralph, born in New York City in 1975, is a novelist and poet. He was a journalist for a number of years before becoming a florist and then a University Instructor. Now he runs a pub in Seoul, South Korea.

He has published hundreds of poems and short stories online and in print in various mediums such as newspapers, magazines, and journals in a number of countries from Mexico to Long Island to Singapore. He was previously dubbed an experimental novelist (a tag which is not a perfect fit) and "a trip-hoppy visionary of language" (Lo Galluccio, writer).

He speaks English, Spanish, and some Korean. He lives in Seoul with his son and his mother.

Where to find Ralph-Michael Chiaia online

Where to buy in print


The Sacred Calendar
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Latin American Poetry, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
This book of twenty poems extracts the essence of each of the days on the Sacred Mayan Calendar. Ralph spent years in Latin America as a journalist, traveler, story transcriber, English teacher, and adventurer. He was trained to be a Mayan Daykeeper and these poems express his love, awe, and respect for the Sacred Calendar.
Ten Poems about East Asia & Kitsch Nebula Ampersands And
Price: Free! Words: 2,950. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Asian poetry, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Move over Buddha! Here comes Chiaia! The book of poems is broken into two parts. Part one is a travelogue told in a haiku-like style covering Malaysia to Korea. Part Two is a more aggressive mantra with terror-laden conversations between a Person and a Mushroom, Odes to things such as Kitsch Technology and For the Sake of It, and experimental poems filled with codes and HTML text.

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Ralph-Michael Chiaia's favorite authors on Smashwords

Macy Reynolds
Latest book: The Secret of the Breakers. Published March 16, 2012. (4.50 from 2 reviews)
Xavier Mantrol
Latest book: The Second Legend of It. Published September 25, 2013. (4.67 from 3 reviews)