About the Author
Taisia Kitaiskaia is the author of Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly
Advice for Everyday Troubles, based on her column voiced by a
Slavic witch in The Hairpin. She holds an MFA from the James A.
Michener Center for Writers and has published poetry in journals
such as Crazyhorse, Guernica, Gulf Coast,
Pleiades, and The Fairy Tale Review.
Katy Horan channels the Witch archetype through her drawings and
paintings of Appalachian granny witches, full moon ceremonies, and
strange folk magic. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout
North America and featured in anthologies such as Beasts!
(Fantagraphics), The Exquisite Book (Chronicle), and Dark
"Part portal into the superpowers of irreverent female literary
heroines and part illustrated almanac of fun facts dispatched
through the lens of the ultimate mystical female archetype,
Literary Witches is at the same time enormously enjoyable,
rich in information, and visually brilliant."
--- Lisa Congdon, artist, illustrator and author
"What a pleasure to read this ode to women writers whose works
enchant, mystify, consume, and ensnare. Refreshingly global,
covering authors across time, ethnicity, class, sensibility,
religion, and aesthetic, Literary Witches
weaves together the personal, the political, and the heretical.
Sometimes quiet and contemplative, other times whimsical and
humorous, and always with an undercurrent of frantic, gnashing
violence, this book is a dazzling tribute to the women who've
conjured our cultural world."
---Rivers Solomon, Afrofuturist and author of An Unkindness
"Literary Witches is itself an act of witchcraft, a spellbook
to wake the living and the dead. Taisia Kitaiskaia and Katy Horan
have conjured lucid, intuitive, psychoactive visions of how these
brilliant women writers have inhabited space and time.
Transformative, revivifying, gorgeous, unsettling, and intensely
moving, this book is a volume of poetry, miniature encyclopedia,
and twenty-first-century illuminated manuscript all at once. I'll
treasure this book like a lucky object and return to it whenever I
need courage, or mischief, or beauty, or permission."
--- Jia Tolentino, writer for The New Yorker online
"Horan's beautiful, ominous illustrations combined with
Kitaiskaia's juicy author highlights leave the reader wanting more.
Together they cast an encouraging, powerful, feminine spell of
honor & inspiration."
--- Faythe Levine, curator, filmmaker & author
"The perfect gift for the nasty woman in your haunted
"A treasure"--New York Journal of Books
"Literary Witches pulls together the witchiest women writers
(including Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Octavia E. Butler, Sandra
Cisneros, and Flannery O'Connor) in one book with reading
recommendations and gorgeous portraits of each."--Bitch
"Kitaiskaia crafts mythological identities for each author in this
wonderfully broad collection spanning Emily Dickinson to Octavia
Butler to Sappho and Mirabai, each illustrated by Katy Horan and
elevating witches from warty Halloween decorations to visionary and
inspirational literary icons."--Shelf Awareness
"Gorgeous illustrations accompany profiles of female writers from
every genre, identity and era conceivable. As necessary a project
as I can imagine in this day and age, this is art, poetry and
history marshaled together in tremendous, joyful
celebration."--Carmen Maria Machado, author of Her Body and
Other Parties, writing for NPR's Guide to 2017's Great
"There's something intoxicating about imagining your favorite
female writers as having spiritual powers."
"Perfect for readers, writers, and coven
"Wondrous...haunting... vibrant. A lovely compendium of
impressionistic sketches, fusing biographical facts with flights of
the invocational imagination."--Brain Pickings
is a kaleidoscopic grimoire that reveals
our beloved literary craftswomen as the powerful witches we know
them to be. Katy Horan's resplendent illustrations pulse with
primal magic and are the kindling that set Taisia Kitaiskaia's
gripping, exquisitely crafted words ablaze. This collaboration will
not only inspire you to dig deeper into transportive works of
fiction and poetry, but to access your inner creatrix. Above all,
is a call to action to become the witch who
writes her own story and wills it into the world."
--- Kristen J. Soll e, author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists:
Conjuring the Sex Positive
"Kitaiskaia's visions are delightfully uncanny... Literary
Witches: A celebration of magical women writers
is a compendium
of bookish saints, lavishly and bodily portrayed by
Horan"--Times Literary Supplement (UK)
"This lovingly illustrated book is a compendium of women writers
who had the magic touch."--BUST