Fiction. Epistolary. Memoir. Disability Studies. THE BOOK OF SCAB is a lyrical, epistolary fiction/memoir written from the disabled artifact's perspective, unraveling the abjection of youth and its post-Freudian family myths. It takes embodied place during the slow decline of white supremacist heteronormative corporate oligarchy. Scab is a chronically ill teenage girl, through whom all the most toxic and beautiful elements of a culture flow. Her letters are essays, manifestos, and diary entries. The arc of the project follows Scab as she works to escape her abusive, bourgeois parents (culture)—an escape that must be both physical and psychic, and is probably doomed from the outset. THE BOOK OF SCAB opens at a psychedelic music festival and ends in the room where beauty's mask was worn.
Danielle Pafunda is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, including THE BOOK OF SCAB (Ricochet Editions, 2018), THE DEAD GIRLS SPEAK IN UNISON (Coconut Books, 2014), Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books, 2013), MANHATER (Dusie Press, 2012), IATROGENIC: THEIR TESTIMONIES (Noemi Press, 2010), My Zorba (Bloof Books 2008), and Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press, 2005). Her poems have appeared in three editions of Best American Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in BEAUTY IS A VERB: THE POETRY OF DISABILITY (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011), GURLESQUE: THE NEW GRRLY, GROTESQUE, BURLESQUE POETICS (Saturnalia Books, 2010) and NOT FOR MOTHERS ONLY: CONTEMPORARY POEMS ON CHILD-GETTING & CHILD REARING (Fence Books, 2007). She has taught at the University of Wyoming, University of California San Diego, and University of Maine. She has served on the board of directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, holds an MFA from New School University and a PhD from the University of Georgia, and can often be found in the Mojave Desert.Author City: Laramie, WY USA