Katie Farris

Publication Date: December 2011
76 Pages
ISBN13:  978-1-934851-30-2
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A host of characters emerge from a madwoman’s dreams, populating a world as strange and magnificent as a painting by Hieronymous Bosch. A boy with one wing seeks the secret to flight. A girl with a mirror for a face, adored by all, longs to simply eat. A pregnant girl reflects on the effects of metamorphoses. The stories of boysgirls are modern myths: tales that exist within our present time but also outside it, in a place as eternal as Shangri-La or Middle Earth. An unforgettable book of Ovidian imagination, boysgirls testifies that Katie Farris is one of the most talented prose stylists of a new generation.

About the Author, Katie Farris

hunthspace=10Katie Farris’s poetry, fictions, and translations have appeared in various journals, including Verse, Spillway, Indiana Review, Washington Square, Hayden’s Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, and others. She holds an MFAfrom Brown University and currently teaches Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at San Diego State University.

About the Illustrator, Lavinia Hanachiuc

Lavinia Hanachiuc is a Romanian-born ceramic artist and fine art photographer. Her work originates from an organic mélange of eastern European folklore and superstitions, Latin blood and memories from a childhood lived under an oppressive political regime. She currently lives in southeastern Michigan, with her husband and young daughter.


“Smart and witty, tantalizingly interesting characters: the boy with one wing, the inventor of invented things, the brief sparkling cameo of the cyclops…something of a little tour de force.”
— Robert Coover, author of Origin of the Brunists, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

“These kaleidoscopic fictions have an astonishing delicacy. They spark and cascade and then burst again, changing shape and settling into surprising, entrancing patterns.”
— Joanna Scott, author of Arrogance, winner of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

“BOYSGIRLS is one for the classic fairy-tale shelves, joining Borges/Lispector, Calvino/Carter, Andersen/ d’Aulnoy with its spectral powers. Katie Farris’s spare and lyrical language levitates here—she is a haunting and new revelation.”
— Kate Bernheimer, author of The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum and editor of Fairy Tale Review

“In this first collection, Katie Farris reminds us that “Times are hard for dreamers”, only to go on to provide a number of vivid singularities…a storm of unexpected pleasures to be dreamed while awake.”
— Rikki Ducornet, author of The Fanmaker’s Inquisition, winner of Lannan Award


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