By kate litterer

Ghosty Boo


“Ghosty Boo lives inside of a book by Kate Litterer who lives with “a hard job to hurt out of revolted love.” Poetry is always asking us what is it we’re willing to do, and when we take into our own private worlds what’s sincere and true, fierce and relentlessly unforgiving are we able to ever feel safe again? Ghosty Boo has an answer for that.”  
                                         -Dara Wier, author of You Good Thing


It is love that drives this poetry, a love that lets the intelligence of the neglected glimmer and beat and breathe and crackle. Ghosty Boo circles through the magic and myth of a child raising her hand in the air, hoping a bird will land there. Here, Litterer stands up and offers us a talisman for walking in trauma, offers us talons.

-Kelin Loe, author of These Are the Gloria Stories


This is a sometimes harrowing, sometimes raunchy, and always gripping book that chronicles abuse, neglect, and trauma. Don’t open the cover expecting poetic transcendence. Ghosty Boo is that rare book of unmitigated frankness. It casts a cold eye on the world and on the self and in so doing creates a memorable, puissant darkness.

-Lynn Emanuel, author of The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected

Other Publications

Productivity & Personal Development

Podcast interview with Kate Snowise. Here to Thrive.
I chat with executive coach Kate Snowise about all things productivity, time management, and share my critiques of workaholism.

Five Productivity Practices That Helped Me Finish My Dissertation. GradHacker.
This article breaks down five different practices that enabled me to finish my dissertation by my deadline, and it includes over 13 specific tools.

How Recovering from Alcohol Use Disorder Helped Me Recognize My Workaholism. The Temper.
This article tells the story of how my recovery from alcoholism showed me that I needed to recover from workaholism, too. I break down how these two addictions function similarly and how I’ve had to utilize different methods for healing from both. Includes research, narrative, and tips you can try, too.

Abundance: What Is It? And How to Uncover It In Your Life. The Homeworker Magazine.
This article guides readers to uncover more abundance in their lives by shifting their perspectives and personalizing their experience. Included journal prompts.

academic scholarship

“The Third Sex is Here to Stay”: Rhetorical Reconstructions of Lesbian Sexuality in Vice Versa.” The Journal of Lesbian Studies.

ABSTRACT: Vice Versa, published in Los Angeles from 1947–1948 and regarded as the first lesbian periodical in the United States, was authored and edited by Lisa Ben (anagram for “lesbian”). While Vice Versa is lauded for inspiring later lesbian publications, little scholarship has analyzed the magazine’s contents. Queer rhetorical analysis allows me to demonstrate the integral role Vice Versa played in counteracting cultural and medical classifications of lesbians during the 1940s. Through an analysis of Vice Versa‘s book and movie reviews, an editorial, and creative writing, this article analyzes the way Ben uses queer rhetoric to turn narratives of medical and psychological deviancy and inferiority into a means for empowerment and community building. By foregrounding queer rhetorical and discursive means through which the periodical engaged with and pushed back on culturally dominant views of lesbians as psychologically or biologically “inverted” and deviant within newspapers, film, and novels, my analysis of Vice Versa calls attention to the processes through which the magazine negotiated lesbian identity creation with dominant tropes that categorized lesbian bodies and desires as debased.



Ghosty Boo, A-Minor Press

Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking 2015): “There I Was Unrequited”

Hysteria (anthology, forthcoming)


Individual Poems

A-Minor Magazine (excerpt from Ghosty Boo)

Barrelhouse: Brothers and Sisters issue

Delirious Hem: Advent Calendar, Day 25

The Destroyer


Forklift, Ohio




La Vague


NonBinary Review: Bullfinch’s Mythology

Phantom (Issue 1 & Issue 9)

Quaint (issue 4, print)

Route Nine Literary Journal 

Sixth Finch 

Spoke Too Soon (with close reading by poet and scholar Sarah Stetson)



Interview on Cosmonauts Avenue


To contact Kate about publication or speaking opportunities, email her here.