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.”
“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.”
"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.
-Hayden's Ferry Review
"A storm of unexpected pleasures to be dreamed while awake.”
"Katie Farris is an original, adding an enchanting new voice to literature.”
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. "
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
About Katie FarrisKatie Farris is the author of boysgirls, (Marick Press, 2011), a hybrid form text. The book has been lauded as “truly innovative,” (Prague Post), “a tour de force” (Robert Coover), and “a book with gigantic scope. At some points it reads like the book of Genesis; at others, like a dream-turned-nightmare. From the opening lines the author grabs you by the throat.” (Louisville Courier-Journal).
Katie Farris’s poetry, fictions, and translations have appeared in various journals, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Western Humanities Review, Verse, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, Gulf Coast, and Hayden’s Ferry Review.
Farris is also the co-translator of several books from the Russian, French, and Chinese. Her co-translation of Polina Barskova’s This Lamentable City (Tupelo Press, 2010), was reviewed by The New York Times “words flicker — strange, elegant — a Russian evanescence. Heat lightning pulses between her lines.” Morning Ploughs the Winter, a book of prose poems by Acadian poet Guy Jean, was published by Marick Press in 2013 and nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Farris won the 2012 DJS Translation Award from Poetry East/West for her co-translations in New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 1990-2012. Her translations have also been widely anthologized in texts such as New European Poets (Graywolf Press) and Penguin Book of Classical Russian Poetry (Penguin).
With Ilya Kaminsky and Valzhyna Mort, Farris co-edited Gossip and Metaphysics: Prose by Russian Modernist Poets, forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2015.
She holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Brown University, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at San Diego State University, where she won an Innovation in Teaching Award in 2013. She also teaches at New England College‘s low-residency MFA program.