C. Kubasta

Grief Map

The Driftless Unsolicited Novella Series

General Release: December 5, 2017


“Fathers believe in the magic of names; they beg and beck from the begats the promise of patrimony secured. First and last, pat. Mothers know children are scrimshawed from their very bones; the leisure hours between danger. Here, hollowness – here, layering ossification, here calcium fragments and broken bits left from the tumble-me-down. The child is made in ambergris, fingernails first.”

Building on and blending fairy tales with fiction, Kubasta’s Girling dives into the journey from small-town Midwestern girlhood to womanhood — a transcendent novella seated in the body that documents and celebrates sexuality, change, and the vital role of female friendship.

About the Author

C. Kubasta writes poetry, fragments, prose and occasional reviews & columns. Her poetry book, All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVOX, 2015) explored growing up girl in rural Wisconsin; her next poetry collection, Of Covenants, is forthcoming from Whitepoint Press in November 2017. She lives, writes & teaches in Wisconsin, where she is often inspired by the rural, the bodies we inhabit, the subtexts of our relationships & our selves. 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. Find her at

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