“There are some books that remind you of childhood in all of the worst ways, and these are the books that our thoughts hang onto decades after we read them. They remind us of 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. Kim Parko’s The Grotesque Child is one such book.” –Rachel Charlene Lewis, Maudlin House
Co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards, The Grotesque Child invites readers through a dreamlike journey and asks them to question the duality of the world. It 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.
Kim Parko is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Moving between poetry, fiction, installation, performance, and social engagement, Kim’s work reveres permeable states of being and makes space outside of the patriarchal status/static quo. Whether textual, visual, or ethereal, her creations embrace interconnection and fluidity, intentionally blurring boundaries.
Kim is the author of two books: The Grotesque Child, a novel, and Cure All, a work of poetic fictions. Her poetry and fiction have been published broadly, both in print and online. She is the 2018 winner of Boston Review’s Annual Poetry Contest. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and is a professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a mother, a partner, a maker, and a hedge witch.