Szymaszek’s work encompasses a variety of voices and personas, eros, and queer identity. Hyperglossia references ancient Egyptian healing and makes use of wordplay and anagrams. Szymaszek commented in an interview with Susie DeFord for Bombsite.com: “‘Hyperglossia’ refers to the narrator’s attempt to tell her autobiography post–head trauma [.…] She’s not able to use language in a socially acceptable manner, and, through the book, her language is structured as close to the way the mind works as possible. She honors the nonsense, the nonlinearity, the ruse, the erroneous.”
Szymaszek has worked at Woodland Pattern Book Center and is artistic director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York City.