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baker black krim.pdf

Black Krim was a finalist for the Debut-litzer from Late Night Library. The three characters: Corbina—a woman in her early thirties, who lives alone in a farmhouse and works at an arboretum, Brigit—her emotionally distant and manipulative mother who is a social worker, and Martin—the old man who shows up barefoot in a field across from Corbina’s farmhouse, alternate first-person chapters in a loosely non-linear way. The chapter headings are drawings to signify which person is telling their story. Corbina is the long weed, Martin, the foot, and Brigit is the bee. An excerpt from BLACK KRIM (titled “Martin”) appeared in Unsaid, Vol. 6. I was awarded Unsaid's "Joan Scott Memorial Award” and the journal also nominated me for a Pushcart.
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pages five and six.pdf

Land Beast was first published as two stories in the journal, The Collagist. It tells the story of a mother rhino who lost her horn and her daughter to poaching, but who survived. Kate Wyer collaborated with the artist Katie Feild, who designed the book and created 40 watercolor illustrations. They have donated 100% of the proceeds from the novel to anti-poaching organizations.
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Girl, Cow

Girl, Cow was a finalist for the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction chapbook contest, as well as a semi-finalist for Grazing Grain's chapbook contest. It's main character (the girl of the title) comes from a fishing village whose inhabitants cannot drown because their bodies are too buoyant in the sea.
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Origin Story and Monk baker.pdf

These two stories were published in The Collagist, an imprint of Dzanc books. In both of them, I have striped way everything except the most essential details, and the barest of emotions. By providing these samples, I hope to show how closely I pay attention to the sounds within sentences, and how much can be conveyed through minimalism.
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About Kate

Baltimore County

 Kate Wyer attended Goucher College, where she received the Elizabeth Woodworth Reese Prize. She earned her MFA from University of Baltimore. Wyer won the Women Writing About Women contest sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and was awarded a fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania. Her work can be found in The Collagist, PANK, Keyhole, Wigleaf, Exquisite Corpse, and elsewhere. Her novel, Black Krim, was a finalist for the Debut-litzer from Late Night Library... more

Black Krim

Black Krim was a finalist for the Debut-litzer from Late Night Library.

Very early in the story, it becomes clear Martin has planned his arrival in the field. He is not homeless or suffering from dementia, as Corbina assumes. He wants to start a life without a known history. He sensed Corbina’s vulnerability when he saw her at the farmer’s market selling heirloom tomatoes (Black Krims) and then began to imagine his path to her. Corbina allows Martin to stay at her house. She does not tell her mother about Martin. The choice to allow him to live with her is informed by Corbina’s isolation and lack of a father figure, as well as her poor relationship with her mother. Her mother never spoke about Corbina’s father. Everything she says is suspect anyway; all the details are rewritten based on the audience. BLACK KRIM is a meditation on how unaware we can be of our own motivations and desires, and what happens when those needs are brought to light.

"Heirloom tomatoes lack the hardiness of grocery store hybrid varieties. They are grown in an archaic, inbred fashion; and yet, for all their isolation, they surprise one with their dramatic shapes, colors, and intense flavors-kind of like the characters in Kate Wyer's novel, BLACK KRIM. As the roots of their stubborn, closed systems slowly entangle, their surprising desires and tenderness bloom fiercely from these small, hard seeds." - Jen Michalski, author of THE TIDE KING

"Kate Wyer's Black BLACK KRIM is an elegant study of alienation and reconnection-with a warm human heart beneath the Zen-like detachment of its style." - Madison Smartt Bell, author of ZIG-ZAG WANDERER

  • Black Krim cover

    Black Krim
    Kate Wyer's Black Krim was a finalist for the Debut-litzer from Late Night Library. It was published in 2014 by Cobalt Press. An excerpt, titled "Martin", appeared in Unsaid, Vol. 6. The journal awarded her their "Joan Scott Memorial Award” and also nominated her for a Pushcart Prize.
  • Black Krim a novel by Kate Wyer (Cobalt Press)

    The book trailer for Black Krim. It was filmed locally.

Land Beast

“Kate Wyer’s Land Beast is a stunning and important work of fiction, and its rhinoceros narrator is an unforgettable character, a lasting encounter with a life torn from the heart of the wild world. It joins recent books by Tania James, J.M. Ledgard, and Colin McAdam in exactingly rendering the consciousness of an animal, attempting to erase the Otherness we’ve made, to remind us of what we might have forgotten: how every living thing is another form of Us, who we mistreat at our peril. This is a beautiful and heartrending book, by one of my favorite new writers.” —Matt Bell, author of Scrapper

100 % of the profits from this book go to anti-poaching organizations.

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  • Land Beast

    Land Beast, rhino, poaching
    Land Beast was first published as two stories in the journal, The Collagist. It tells the story of a mother rhino who lost her horn and her daughter to poaching, but who survived. Kate Wyer collaborated with the artist Katie Feild, who designed the book and created 40 watercolor illustrations. They have donated 100% of the proceeds from the novel to anti-poaching organizations.

Awards

-Girl, Cow is a semi-finalist for 2017 Grazing Grain chapbook contest
-Girl, Cow is a finalist for the Omnidawn 2014 Fabulist Fiction Chapbook contest
-Black Krim is a finalist for the Debut-litzer from Late Night Library July 2015
-Fence fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in either Lithuania or Kenya, 2014
-Pushcart nomination for the story "Martin," first published by Unsaid
-Joan Scott Memorial Fiction Award presented by Unsaid
-Pushcart nomination for the story, “Scouts,” first published in Unsaid 5. 2011
-Fence fellowship to attend the Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania, 2011
-Best of the Web nomination for, “Long Sounds,” published in LitNImage 2010
-Wigleaf’s “Long Short List” of Best Fiction for, “Single Bourbon and She’s Buying” first published in DOGZPLOT 2009
-Elizabeth Woodworth Reese grant from Goucher College, awarded upon graduation for, “outstanding creative writing portfolio.” 2002
-Winner of “Women Writing about Women,” contest hosted by Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. 2002

Publications

- Abjective “Destable” ·
Autre, “The Pollinator”
· Big Lucks, “T-Bone” (Print)
· Birkensnake,“White Knees” (Print and Web)
· The Collagist, “Under”
· The Collagist, “Right Knee”
· The Collagist, “Land Beast”
· The Collagist, “Land Beast, Part Two”
· The Collagist, “Origin Story”
· The Collagist, “The Monk”
· decomP, “Overbite”
· DOGZPLOT, “Single-malt and She’s Buying”
· elimae, “How to Get Up”
· Exquisite Corpse, “Peanuts” and “Azerbaijan”
· Folio, American University, (Print) “Contuse “
· Fringe, “Transponder”
· Gold Wake Severed Asleep, (chapbook) “how is it when,” “bonepickers,” One and Two,” “Lake Habeeb” and “One Sunday Morning”
· Hobart, “Booby is from Bobo” and “YOU ARE NOT BETTER THAN THE DEAD”
· Keyhole, “Stand Up, Step Apart,” “A Run” and “Voice, Lost” (Print)
· Kill Author,“Groundswell” and “An Insurrection”
· LITnIMAGE, “Long Sounds”
· metazen, “An Extra Hole”
· Moonshot Magazine, “Future Wood” and “It is Not Kissing”
· Mudluscious Press, “Apart with Other People”
· Necessary Fiction, “Atlantic City”
· Neon,“Thin Wire,” “Ritchie Highway/Brooklyn Park” and “Bone Fire”
· NOO, “Gelatin” · PANK “Only in Motion”
· Poets and Artists (Oranges and Sardines), Self-portrait issue (Print on demand)
· pindeldyboz, “The Circles”
· Robot Melon, “Glass, Clay, Agate”
· Rotating History Project, “Ambient Water Columns Superior”
· Short, Fast and Deadly, “3:30”
· Unscroll, “Good Morning, King Leopold”
· Unsaid, “Scouts”
· Unsaid 6, Novel excerpt, “Martin”
· Unsaid 7, “Radio Ferry, Tern Mouth”
· Wigleaf ,“Dogcatcher”
· Wigleaf, “Kitchen”
· Wigleaf ,“My Guests”

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