KCHIUCARELLO


Hi. I’m K Chiucarello. My friends, family, and sworn enemies call me KC. If you’re adamant on taking a stab at my last name, the ‘u’ is silent. I live in the Hudson Valley. 


When people ask me what I ‘do’, I usually suggest I’m a writer. It’s true: I love words. I love writing as a way of figuring something out. I love text that is deliberate and slow. 


You know Conjunctions? I edit over there. Here’s a super wild Lucy Ives piece we ran in Issue 74. I also edit for Empowerment Avenue, working with the wildly talented Meech Buckley. I edit as an excuse to solve puzzles through sentence shaping.  


I also ~also~ tutor with a focus on creative writing and storytelling because the softest spot of me wants to pull stories out of everyone. I tutor within the carceral system, on behalf of Bard Prison Initiative, an initiative you should definitely, 1000% know of.



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This year, I awoke in a fever dream and was named a Truman Scholarship finalist, advocating for broader education access in the carceral system.

This summer 2022, I will be in residence at CraigArdan. In 2021, I was a Tin House Summer 2021 scholar. It’s been a really good couple o’years. 



When I’m not writing, anyone can tell you I’m often sobbing over the perfect nuances in any given Springsteen song. Throughout the seasons, I have a long-standing commitment to learning every water hole within the Catskills. If you scroll this map and can point me towards a new swim spot, I promise to name a character after you in some eventual future work of writing. Tell me about that swim hole here, through the contact portal. 



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I’m currently at work on a narrative non-fiction manuscript that looks at the way a body transforms after intimate violence. It’s entitled Water Works and it takes familiar shorelines and stacks them up as a way to talk about queer community versus the individual. What does freedom in identity actually cost these days? How does stability translate through fluidity?

Wanna talk shop about water?
Request a manuscript excerpt?
You can say hi through that same swim hole portal.


Chapters are going to look something like this

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01. Catskill Watershed            02. Punta Uva                       03. The Mediterranean    04. Riis Beach    05. Atlantic City                      06. Ladies’ Bathing Pond

SELECTED WRITING

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Hobart After Dark ︎︎︎ July 2022

 ︎Bless This Sex︎
Lit Hub ︎︎︎February 2022

︎ Telephone ︎
Epiphany ︎︎︎February 2021

︎ Watermelon ︎
Neutral Spaces ︎︎︎ January 2021

 ︎The Community ︎ 
Hobart After Dark ︎︎︎ December 2020

 ︎The Wedding Party ︎
Pithead Chapel ︎︎︎ November 2020

 ︎Comfort Decorating ︎
Apartment Therapy ︎︎︎ August 2020

 ︎Crush Log ︎
them. ︎︎︎ June 2020

︎ In The Five ︎
Longleaf Review ︎︎︎ May 2020

This photo
was taken by
Gretchen
Baldwin
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OK THANKS FOR
COMING
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