Danielle Pafunda

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The Book of Scab is an epistolary memoir. In it, the object speaks. The object never shuts up, as she unravels the abjection of youth and its post-Freudian family myths. It takes place during the slow decline of a corporate oligarchy. Scab, a teenage girl, through whom all the most toxic and beautiful elements of a culture flow. White, cisgender, sick, 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 likely doomed. The Book of Scab opens at a psychedelic music festival and ends in the room where beauty’s mask once was worn. CRAM is its portal.
Danielle Pafunda is the author of six books, including The Dead Girls Speak in Unison and Natural History Rape Museum. She teaches at the University of Wyoming.

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Essay Press is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Contest judged by Carla Harryman: Litany for the Long Moment by Mary-Kim Arnold and Of Sphere by Karla Kelsey, which will be published in Fall 2017.