A collaboration between poet Taisia Kitaiskaia and artist Katy Horan, Literary Witches draws a connection between witches and visionary writers: both are figures of formidable creativity, and empowerment. Through written and painted portraits, Kitaiskaia and Horan honor the magical qualities of well-known and obscure authors alike, including Virginia Woolf, Mira Bai, Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Octavia E. Butler, Sandra Cisneros, and many more.
"Wondrous... haunting... vibrant. A lovely compendium of impressionistic sketches, fusing biographical facts with flights of the invocational imagination." — Brain Pickings
"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.” — The Times Literary Supplement
"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 NPRs Guide to 2017s Great Reads
Concept illustrations for the interdisciplinary stage show, The Village of Vale. Combining music, acting, art and puppetry into a singularly magic and dark fairy tale, The Village of Vale had it's world premiere as part of Lincoln Center Education's 2017-2018 season.
The Miserable Thicket
The Island by the Falls
Sample illustrations for the Brother's Grimm version of Cinderella. Older variations of this classic fairy tale, including the Grimm's, are much darker and (in my opinion) interesting than more modern renditions.
Vile and Black of Heart
and she wept so much that her tears fell upon it and watered it...