Kudos to beloved hermit Kim Parko (The Grotesque Child, TS 2016), who is the 2018 winner of Boston Review’s Annual Poetry Contest, judged by Mary Jo Bang.
Kim Parko is the author of Cure All (Caketrain Press, 2010) and the novel The Grotesque Child, co-winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She lives with her husband, daughter, and the seen and unseen, in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she is an associate professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize
Novel. 5.25″x8″, 250 pp. | Paperback | July 2016
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The Grotesque Child is a story about being and being and being something else. It is about swallowing and regurgitating, conceiving and birthing. It is about orifices and orbs. It is about the viscous, weepy, goopy, mucousy, bloody state of feminine being and trans-being. It is about pain and various healers and torturers, soothers and inflictors. It is about what sleeps and hides in all the nooks and crannies of perceived existence and existence unperceived.
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Thanks to Maudlin House and Rachel Charlene Lewis, you can read a fab little review of Kim Parko’s novel The Grotesque Child (TS 2016). “what it is to be a small, vulnerable thing, to feel consistently powerless and yet undeniably curious; it is the us before our fears have names, and before we know we are not alone in our terror.”
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We said that we’d pick two, but went ahead and picked four instead. Also: calling up first-time authors at home? There is just no better part of this job. Meet the winners and read excerpts: Steven Dunn’s novel Potted Meat, Dana Green’s fiction collection Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, Amy King’s poetry collection The Missing Museum, and Kim Parko’s novel The Grotesque Child.
Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize, Kim Parko’s novel, The Grotesque Child, explores compassion, hate, origins, beasts and babes. “I am going to ask the brightness to dim down a bit, said the animal to the grotesque child. Be careful, said the grotesque child, the brightness can be tricky.”