Calista Ogburn is a Korean and Vietnamese American author of two poetry collections published on Amazon. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a major in Public Health and a minor in Asian Studies. She has studied at International high schools overseas which has given her a global perspective. She reaches her readers by sharing her feelings and experiences through poetry. She focuses her poems on Asian-American identity, gender oppression, body image issues, and building the foundation of self-worth.

"this is it" is the second collection of poetry from Calista Ogburn. This poetry book brings to light the rising anti-Asian racism as the spread of COVID-19 has increased. It captures Calista’s experience of loneliness, heightened anxiety, and feeling lost during a global pandemic. "this is it" takes the reader by the hand through the most difficult times and finds hope for the future.


  1. (October 2021) The Tupelo Press 30/30 October Project

  2. (May 2021) untitled poem published and won first place in 2nd Annual PGCMLS Poetry Contest; video recording

  3. September 2020) self-sacrifice poem featured in OurMindSong

  4. (August 2020) Korean Quarterly Newspaper

  5. (July 2020) this is it, self-published poetry book on Amazon

  6. (June 2020) Hope Works Dragonfly Magazine

  7. (Nov 2019) UMBC Retriever Newspaper, poetry book interview

  8. (Nov 2019) Turnaround Purple Poetry Book

  9. (July 2019) a splash of yellow, self-published poetry book on Amazon

  10. (June 2019) Smith Center for Healing and the Arts Poetry Zine

  11. (April 2019) UMBC Women's Center Telling Our Stories Zine

  12. (April 2019) Baltimore City Charm City Stories Magazine