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"This book is my song of the summer." ―Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
"One of the strangest and funniest and most surprising first novels I’ve ever read. A love letter to Florida and to family, to half-lit swamps and the 7/11, and to the beasts that only pretend to hold their poses inside us." ―Karen Russell
"Set in a richly rendered Florida and filled with delightfully wry prose and bracing honesty, Arnett’s novel introduces a keenly skillful author with imagination and insight to spare." - Publishers Weekly
A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 at Esquire, Oprah Magazine, The Week, BuzzFeed, NYLON, Bustle, HuffPost, The Boston Globe, and more.
2017 Coil Book Award Winner - Felt in the Jaw: Stories
- The Rumpus - Hand-Operated Shearing Instruments
- The Toast - U-hauling Is For Social Media Lovers
- Burrow Press Review - The Body, Forever
- Fourculture Magazine - The Body and the Blood
- The Rumpus - Letters in the Mail
- Superstition Review - Guest Post: “I Come From a Family” Writing and Rewriting Familial Truth in Fiction
- Salon - My feminine, compulsive “sorry”: I apologize for everything from having an opinion to taking up space
- Catapult - The Lord's Supper
- The Nervous Breakdown - Dis/comfort
- Superstition Review - Guest Post: Writing Queer: Away from the Body and into the Interior
- Electric Literature - The Queer Erotics of Handholding in Literature
- Literary Hub - The Problem With Writing About Florida
- The Rumpus - Letters in the Mail
- The Shocker - I Was A Dennis Scott Hot Shot: An Essay About a Poem About a Dead Bird That Won an Award that was a Basketball Commercial
- drDOCTOR - Camera Obscura: On Looking
- Medium, Member Feature Story - There's No Place Like 7-Eleven
- Medium, Member Feature Story - Your Dog Doesn't Care If You're A Lesbian
- Orlando Weekly - Oh thank heaven, Wednesday is 7-Eleven Day
- Hazlitt - The Year in Taxidermy
- recursion - Kristen Arnett on Kristen Arnett
BLOGGING AT PLOUGHSHARES
- “Heat and Rage and the Sweet Stink of Broken Flowers”: Place Informs Character in Bastard out of Carolina
- The Effluvia of Short Fiction
- Navigating the “Pitiable Skull” in Jean Stafford’s "The Interior Castle"
- Sculpting Flesh From Text in My Body is a Book of Rules
- We Were Strike and Instrument Both: Music and Queerness in Edinburgh
- Remaking Home: Transformative Motherhood in Lisa Ko’s The Leavers
- Starved for Affection: Food and Lack in Lori Ostlund’s “Talking Fowl with My Father”
- Toxic Friends and the Limits of Intimacy in Lauren Groff’s “Blythe”
- Vampirism and Unlikable Female Characters in Alissa Nutting’s “Daniel”
- Going Home Again: Reassessing Little House in the Big Woods
LIBRARY COLUMN AT LITERARY HUB
- What Exactly Does A Librarian Do? Everything.
- Are You Pregnant? Can I Have Some Creamer? And Other Questions I Get At The Library
- Essential DIY Tips for Surviving Slashed Library Budgets
- For Libraries, the "Customer is Always Right" Might Be Wrong
- How to Run Storytime Without Boring Everyone to Death (Or Suffering a Nervous Breakdown)
- My Life Is Like A Movie... Starring Librarians!
- Librarians Will Guard Your Privacy With Their Lives
- How Librarians Survive on the Frontlines of Fake News
- The Dos and Don'ts of Supporting Your Local Library
- Buddy, the Library isn't a 7-Eleven
- Ain't No Party Like A Library Party
- Do You Really Need A Degree To Be A Librarian?
- I Am A Librarian, I Am A Tech Whisperer
- No, I Can't Braid Your Hair: Why Librarians Need Boundaries Too
- 20 Terrible Tales of True Horror From the Library
- What Happens When You "Accidentally" Destroy a Library Book
- For the Virtues I Have Acquired as a Librarian, I am Truly Thankful
- An Incomplete List of the Non-Book Things You Can Get At The Library
- A Librarian's Resolutions For The New Year
- Am I a Librarian or a Writer?
- We Need To Talk About Library Junk
COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH MARY LAURA PHILPOTT
- Literary Pet Names Using Puns Unworthy Of Their Namesakes - McSweeneys
- More Literary Pet Names Using Puns Unworthy Of Their Namesakes - McSweeneys
- WHO DOESN’T LOVE LITERARY ANIMAL PUNS? - BookRiot
- Superstition Review - Brotherhood of the Possum
- Timber Journal - Alignment in a Ford F-150
- Hawaii Pacific Review - The Locusts
- Pithead Chapel - A Decline in Natural Numbers
- The Normal School (Spring, 2015 - Print) - "Playing Fetch"
- Blunderbuss Magazine - Another Name for Stargazing
- Joyland Magazine - Notice of a Fourth Location
- Tin House Flash Fridays / The Guardian - How To Eat Chicken Wings: A Tutorial
- Bridge Eight (Fall, 2015 - Print) - "Engineering in Four Cars"
- Ninth Letter (Fall, 2015 - Print) - "See also: A history of glassmaking"
- North American Review (Winter, 2016 - Print) - "Biddenden Maids"
- Portland Review (Winter, 2016 - Print) - "Cut Out of the Belly"
- The Greensboro Review (Spring, 2016 - Print) - "Roseate's Book of Penmanship"
- Grist Journal Online Companion - A Guy Walks into a Bar
- OSU's The Journal - Felt in the Jaw
- 7x7.la (collaborative project with Adam Raymont) - Neoteny
- Blue Earth Review (Winter, 2016 - Print) - "Wanted, Children's Art Curator"
- Cosmonauts Avenue - With Teeth
- Volume 1 Brooklyn - Selectively Bred
- Sundog Lit - little water
- Burrow Press Review - Egg-Laying Queen
- Gulf Stream Magazine - Replacing the Drive Train
- New South Review (Summer, 2017 - Print) - "Stitchdown, Turnout"
- Bennington Review (Spring, 2018 - Print) - "A prolonged muscle contraction"
- TriQuarterly - Suggestible Hauntings
- The Shocker - Plant & Animal Waxes
- Platypus Press - Arachnophobia
- Electric Literature, Recommended Reading's Commuter - Gator Butchering for Beginners
- Gulf Coast Journal (Summer/Fall 2018 - Print) - "Setting Up Your Voicemail Greeting"
- Guernica Magazine - The Graveyard Game
- American Literary Review - Cowbirds
- The Literary Review (Fall, 2018 - Print) - "Succor"
- No Tokens (Spring, 2019 - Print) - "Minding"
- Triangle House (Upcoming Spring 2019) - "Party at the End of the World"
INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS
- Book Launch at the New York Times - Book Review // Open Book - Stories and Slurpees
- Fear No Lit - Learning How To Reading
- Necessary Fiction - Research Notes
- Alternating Current - On Kristen N. Arnett's 'Felt in the Jaw'
- Split Lip Magazine - From the Writing Desk Of: Kristen Arnett
- Full Stop - Interview with Bud Smith
- The Rumpus - Change is Necessary: A Conversation with Kristen Arnett
- Literary Hub - Susan Orlean: Librarians are Heroic
- IMHO PBS Newshour - Appreciating the Powerful Good of the Public Library
- Vermont Studio Center, April 2016
- SAFTA Artist Residency, December 2016
- Millay Colony, June 2017
- Tin House Summer Workshop in Short Fiction (2016), studying under Joy Williams
- Tin House Summer Workshop in Short Fiction (2015), studying under Lan Samantha Chang
- Kenyon Review Summer Workshop in Fiction (2015), studying under Caitlin Horrocks
- Tin House Summer Workshop in Short Fiction (2014), studying under Vanessa Veselka
- Lambda Literary Foundation Fellowship in Fiction (2013), studying under Samuel R. Delany
- Pushcart Prize Nomination 2018 - Guernica Magazine
- Pushcart Prize Nomination 2018 - TriQuarterly
- Orlando Weekly Best Local Author 2018
- 2017 Coil Book Award
- Orlando Weekly Best Local Author 2017
- Finalist, 2017 Third Coast Magazine Fiction Contest
- Finalist, 2017 DISQUIET International Literary Prize
- Finalist, 2016 Fall Fiction Contest - The Masters Review
- Finalist, 2016 Fiction Prize - Indiana Review
- Best of the Net Nominee 2016 - Grist Journal Online Companion
- Second Place, Blue Earth Review's 2016 Summer Flash Fiction Contest
- Best of the Net Nominee 2016 - OSU's The Journal
- Semi-Finalist, 2016 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest - Carve Magazine
- Runner-Up, 2016 Robert Watson Literary Prize - The Greensboro Review
- Semi-Finalist, 2016 DISQUIET International Literary Prize
- Ninth Letter's 2015 Literary Award in Fiction
- Pushcart Prize Nomination 2015 - Bridge Eight Magazine
- Best of the Net Nominee 2015 - Burrow Press Review
- Yemassee Journal - 2014 William Richey short fiction contest, Finalist
- Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers - Honorable Mention
- "Dennis Scott Hot Shot" for a poem I wrote about a dead bird in 6th grade