Laura Jean Baker, author of The Motherhood Affidavits: A Memoir
NEW Short Story Collection Abjectification
“Abjectification resides somewhere between #METOO and #I CONCUR, a modern macrocosm where female characters mutate from animals and changelings to “reverse-ghost-women” who “bleed for days but never die.” This story collection both excites and paralyzes the libido. While men in these stories are terrified of girls and women, readers of all genders will be seduced by them and either ruined or restored. Therein lies the risk associated with reading a book so hauntingly and dangerously gorgeous. Whether to trust these female protagonists is up to the reader’s discretion, perhaps the most tantalizing literary proposition I’ve faced in some time.”
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A Wisconsin native, C. Kubasta experiments with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices –her poetry has been called claustrophobic and unflinching. Her characters are complex, flawed, and she loves them all.
Her poetry books include the chapbooks, A Lovely Box and &s (both from Finishing Line); the full-length collection All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVOX [books], 2015), and Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press, 2017). Her next poetry book is forthcoming in 2025.
Her fiction includes the novella Girling (Brain Mill Press, 2017) and This Business of the Flesh (Apprentice House, 2018), both of which explore the stories of girls and women growing up in small towns. Her short story collection Abjectification is now available from Apprentice House.
She is the Director of Education at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Vice President of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and serves as Assistant Poetry editor at Brain Mill Press.