Come giddy yourself atop these sheer drops… Come frolic with bared teeth.

Praise for boysgirls

"Farris’s language is delicious, maddening and mythic, dreamlike, sarcastic, witty."
American Book Review

"Farris has emerged as a truly innovative writer.”
Prague Post

“Katie Farris is one of the artists who have bent the notion of what it means to be a writer in the 21st century. Like Henry Miller and Anais Nin, [she] stepped to the edge of what is known and then jumped off."
-Ping Pong: A Literary Journal of Henry Miller Library

"Farris has crafted, molded, sculpted stories that will enter our consciousness as effortlessly as tales of Mother Goose and Brothers Grimm"

boysgirls is a very small book with gigantic scope. At some points it reads like the book of Genesis; at others it’s like a dream-turned-nightmare.”
-Louisville Courier-Journal

"This collection will have you mesmerized from the moment you open the cover to the last words.”
Midwest Book Review

"boysgirls is a dizzying series of colorful gem-like stories.
Farris insolently promises to provide fiction that you will be forced to react to, something unique, something you will want to keep reading−and then she insolently makes good on that promise.
-Hayden's Ferry Review

"Farris pays loving attention to every word on the page, wedding the exuberance with an impressive control of the prose."
-New Pages

"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

"Farris’ style is biting satire that… leaves a bloody mark of recognition on the reader.
Katie Farris is an original in her own right, adding an enchanting new voice to literature…a writer and a storyteller of very human truths.”
Her Circle
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Newest Reviews

"Farris will lead you. It will never be to where you think you are going or want to go, but you will need to go there, even to the precipice. "
-Poetry Flash

"At first glance, Katie Farris’s debut collection resembles an artifact recovered from an asylum...Yet unlike most metafiction, which calls attention to the fact that it is a fictional artifact, creating a space of irony, Farris’s conceit works to make these tales come alive, as myths, as dreams...Not for the faint of heart, these tales demand participation, almost becoming what they pretend to be: a madwoman’s illuminated dreams with the power to transfer madness to the reader. But a closer look reveals Farris’s carefully constructed comment on the dizzying madness of love and language, a reflective riddle, flashing from tale to tale.”
-American Book Review

"A wickedly inventive book, BOYSGIRLS is myth funneling into parables of self-recognition where the language is inventively spare, but tuned enough to lavish out its "Ah's". And mine."
–Forrest Gander, Pulitzer Prize finalist

"boysgirls is an extraordinary book. Without exaggeration, reading it, I felt as if the top of my head was taken off, to use Emily Dickinson's words. I love the experience and intensity of this language on the page, the dark magic fairy-tale world of it. I love how Farris can forge an eloquent lyricism out of a language that is stronger than cast iron. It is incredible.
–Malena Morling, Guggenheim Fellow

"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, MacArthur Fellow

"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, editor of The Fairy Tale Review

“Smart and witty, tantalizingly interesting characters: the boy with one wing, the inventor of invented things, the brief sparkling cameo of the cyclops…a tour de force.”
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About Katie Farris

Katie Farris is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, and translator. She is the author of boysgirls, (Marick Press) which has been lauded as “truly innovative,” (Prague Post), “a tour de force” (Robert Coover, PEN/Faulkner Award-winner), and “a book with gigantic scope,” (Louisville Courier-Journal). Recently, her translations in New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 1990-2012 (Tupelo Press) received Poetry East/West's International Translation Award, which is awarded in China, annually, for a “translator of exceptional skills.”

A winner of the 2018 Anne Halley Poetry Prize from The Massachusetts Review, the 2017 Orison Anthology Award in Fiction, and Fairy Tale Review's 2018 Flash Fairy Tale Contest, she has published work in Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Western Humanities Review, Literary Review, Verse, The Massachussetts Review, and many other publications. Her translations and original work have appeared in anthologies published by Penguin and Graywolf.

In 2017, Berlin-based press Five Hundred Places published her Thirteen Intimacies as a part of their acclaimed artist-book series, which includes works by such authors as Carl Phillips, Mary Rufle, and Eileen Myles. In 2018, Valparaiso Ediciones in Mexico City will publish a Spanish language edition of Farris’ work, niñosniñas, translated by the acclaimed Mexican writer Pura López-Colomé.

Other book publications include the translation of Guy Jean's Morning Ploughs the Winter (Marick Press), which was nominated for Griffin International Prize for Literature, “the world’s largest prize for a first edition single collection of poetry." Her translations of Polina Barskova in This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press) were lauded by The New York Times: “Words flicker — strange, elegant — a Russian evanescence. Heat lightning pulses between her lines.” With Ilya Kaminsky and Valzhyna Mort, Farris co-edited Gossip and Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems and Prose (Tupelo Press, 2014).

Farris studied midwifery, plant biology, and mycology, and taught philosophy, ocean science, and creative writing at UC Berkeley and Brown University. She is currently Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University's M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, where she received a 2012 Award for Innovation in Teaching. Read More»
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