Bio


“Katie Farris’s spare and lyrical language levitates—she is a haunting and new revelation.”
–Kate Bernheimer, editor of The Fairy Tale Review

Author PhotoKatie Farris studied genetics and plant biology, mycology and midwifery before writing boysgirls, (Marick Press, 2011), a hybrid form text incorporating prose poetry, fairy-tale, riddle, myth, illustrations by artist Lavinia Hanachiuc, and short-short fictions. The book 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).

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. Her work has been translated into Lithuanian, and most recently into Spanish by Pura López-Colomé.

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: Russian Modernist Poems and Prose (Tupelo Press, 2014).

She holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Brown University, and is currently an Associate Professor in the MFA program at San Diego State University, where she won an Innovation in Teaching Award in 2013. She is also among the core faculty at New England College’s low-residency MFA program.

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