C. Kubasta is originally from Wautoma, a small town in central Wisconsin. She graduated from Wells College, when it was still a women’s college, and the University of Notre Dame with an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry). She was also an undergraduate fellow at the Bucknell Semester for Younger Poets. She currently teaches English and Cultural Studies at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where she also co-directs the Honors Program.
Her poetry, pseudo-translations and fragments have been published in numerous journals, including Stand, So To Speak, The Tinderbox Poetry Review, The Notre Dame Review, Pith and Construction. She experiments with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices –her work has been called claustrophobic and unflinching. Her favorite rejection (so far) noted that one editor loved her work, and the other hated it. She is the author of two chapbooks, &s and A Lovely Box, which won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize, as well as a full-length collection of poetry All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVox, 2015).
She has been “recognized”: A 6-year-old once mistook her for Velma, from Scooby Doo. She feels a strong affinity for Skipper, Barbie’s flat-footed cousin. For each major publication, she celebrates with a new tattoo; someday she hopes to be utterly opaque –her skin a labyrinth of signifiers. Find her at ckubasta.com.