Thuya, an aromatic wood of the coniferous variety, once used for ritual burnings, is assumed to be derived from the Greek word thuein, meaning to sacrifice, and is referenced in The Book of Kings as the wood Solomon used to craft pillars and harps for praising Yahweh. From these associations, Thuya Poetry Review gleaned its guiding themes: ritual, burning, sacrifice, and craft. Thuya is dedicated to publishing the highest quality craft of both emerging and established poets.

Thuya Poetry Review was co-founded in 2021 by Aaron Styza and Cassandra Leone.


Aaron Styza is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Thuya Poetry Review. He received his MFA from University of California, Irvine, and his BA from Eckerd College. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Journal of Poetry, Prometheus Dreaming, Two Cities Review, Heron Tree, Faultline, Aji Magazine, The Swamp Literary Review, among others. He currently lectures at UC San Diego, and works in the antiquarian book trade.

Emerson Thut is a youth associate editor for issue two of Thuya Poetry Review. She is a high school freshman whose passion for literature has been prominent in her life since she was little. Her interest in poetry, specifically, and it’s rewarding self-expression, surfaced in middle school, and hasn’t left since. Emerson works on her school’s literary magazine and blogs for a local environmental non-profit. She spends her free time reading novels, writing poems, and walking her dog around the neighborhood.

In adherence to our education provisions, we select a youth writer to intern as an associate editor for each issue. Through our partnership with the Book Club of California, each associate editor will receive:

If you would like to apply for the associate editor position, contact us at