Catching Up With C. Kubasta

Where can we read some of your recent work?

My latest book poetry book is Of Covenants, from Whitepoint Press.

And I also have 2 recent books of fiction Girling (Brain Mill).

And This Business of the Flesh (Apprentice House).

You can also read some recent work at . . .

Menacing Hedge (2 poems)

Tiny Essays (could call it prose poetry)

Dream Pop Press (short fiction)

Always Crashing (2 prose poems)

Memoir Mixtapes (poem)

What are you reading right now?

I write a semi-regular review called Portaging for Brain Mill’s Press’s Voices blog. You can find that here.

In particular, I’d like to highlight my latest – Raki Kopernik’s new book The Memory House (she’s a Minneapolis poet).

Also, here’s the one I did on Tinderbox and Buried Choirs.

My summer reading has been mostly contemporary fiction, and of that stack I’ve especially loved Kristen Arnett’s Mostly Dead Things, Binnie Kirshenbaum’s Rabbits for Food, and Diana Evan’s Ordinary People. All three of these were beautifully rendered, brutal, and so palpable in their depiction of pain.

What’s next for you?

Right now, I’m working on final edits for (what I hope will be) a book of horror-inflected, occasionally sexy, short stories. The working title is Abjectification, and I’ve been thinking about various body genres, and how often women’s bodies (to borrow the phrase from the critic Linda Williams) serve as the “primary embodiment” for certain kinds of narratives – whether sentimentality, or horror, or pornography. The stories I’m working on all oscillate around the body, usually women’s bodies, as sites for exploring pleasure and horror and sentiment.


C. Kubasta thinks poetry, like humor, porn, & horror, should be a body genre. She favors prose that resists genre distinctions. Her favorite rejection (so far) noted that one editor loved her work, and the other hated it. A 6-year-old once mistook her for Velma, from Scooby Doo, and was unduly excited. She feels a strong affinity for Skipper, Barbie’s flat-footed cousin. For each major publication, she celebrates with a new tattoo; someday she hopes to be completely sleeved –her skin a labyrinth of signifiers, utterly opaque. My website is ckubasta.com and my twitter & IG handle is @CKubastathePoet.