Books

The End of Spectacle, Carnegie Mellon University Press (forthcoming February, 2018)

Available for pre-order through Amazon here

“‘How does one represent thinking?’ Virginia Konchan’s sumptuous collection The End of Spectacle asks. The poems themselves provide the elegant answers. Lyrically lovely and intellectually grand, each studious piece suggests glamour as resistance to terror and banality.”

-Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

“Concerned with the intersection between love and death and the body, Konchan’s refined, musical poems regularly arrive at genuine revelation.”

-Allison Benis White, author of Please Bury Me in This

Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017)

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“A skeptical, pottymouthed Cinderella. A Hungarian nude model who debates consciousness. A clerk in a gun shop run by a jerk named Jesus. A respite caregiver looking for change. The characters in Virginia Konchan’s Anatomical Gift pop off the page and onto the barstool next to us to give us the rough wisdom we need.”

-Daniel Nester, author of Shader

“Hilariously transgressive and linguistically deft, Virginia Konchan’s Anatomical Gift stages worlds in which truth-speaking narrators confront our embattled now.”

-Varley O’Connor, author of The Master’s Muse

“Heir to Jane Bowles, heir to Donald Barthelme, heir to the Decadents and the Symbolists, Virginia Konchan is one of the few new writers whom I trust.”

-A D Jameson, author of CINEMAPS

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Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press, 2015)

 Available for order here.

Review, by Larry Sawyer at Rain Taxi, here.

An excerpt from the book (“X,” first published in Verse, and “M,” “N,” “S,” “U,” and “W,” in Tupelo Quarterly) here and here.

“Whether your relationship with language is like a secret crush entrusted only to a locked diary, or a passion broadcast in spray paint on a westbound rail car, Virginia Konchan’s brilliant chapbook Vox Populi will make you reconsider every last letter of the alphabet, and every corner of your lexicon. These poems revel in the very sounds of things, from “linguistic matter’s matrix granting / clemency before the guillotine,” to “pinpricks of light / in the eternal astral dark,” wedding the esoteric and the quotidian, the triumphant and the subjugated. In a landscape both modern and mythic, Vox Populi destabilizes numerous power structures, beginning with the very institution of language, while never compromising its wit, and its dazzling sense of play.”

-Mary Biddinger, author of A Sunny Place with Adequate Water

“Virginia Konchan, having learned the alphabet like all good students, is taking her profit from it by using it to curse, and sharing it with us, along with her song, ‘let[ting] the jukebox speakers swell, symphonically, / on the day when the ghost writer gives up / her unpaid rôle as democracy’s amanuensis. . .’  I thank her for it.”

-Richard Meier, author of Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar