Published in the US, Ireland and England, Kita Shantiris' poetry has appeared in Ambit, Crannóg, Poetry, Quarterly West, The Fish Anthology, The Moth, Slipstream, Wisconsin Review, and other journals. One of three poets featured in The Border (Bombshelter Press 1984), she also had two poems anthologized in The Faber Book of Movie Verse (Faber & Faber, 1993). In 2012, Kita received 2nd Prize in the Ballymaloe International Poetry Contest judged by Leontia Flynn. She twice has been Runner-Up in Fish Publishing's contest judged by Brian Turner (2011) and Ruth Padel (2014). In her other life, psychologist Dr. Kita S. Curry runs a non-profit mental health center in Los Angeles where she has been honored for erasing stigma and bringing services to communities of color.