Kathryn A. Laity
Finnish North American Literature Association
Biographical Information

Kathryn A. Laity was born in southern Michigan and grew up in Kaleva and Lansing.
She holds a Bachelor's degree from Michigan State University (1983), Master's
degrees from the University of Southern California (1985) and the University of
Connecticut (1995), and a PhD from the University of Connecticut (2003).

She has served as Assistant Professor of English, College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY;
Assistant Professor of English, University of Houston-Downtown; Lecturer,
Manchester Community College; and Instructor, University of Connecticut. As well, she
has served as Review Committee Coordinator for Harvard Medical School and
Graduate Affairs Advisor for the Chemistry Department, University of Southern

Check out her web page here:
and her blog here: katewombat.blogspot.com


Unikirja [Dreambook]. Short Story Collection. Forthcoming, Aino Press (October

Jane Quiet. Comic book. Story by K. A. Laity; Designed and illustrated by Elena
Steier. Crazy Mama Productions, March 2008.

Pelzmantel: A Medieval Tale. Novel. Spilled Candy Books, Feb 1, 2003. ★
Nominated for the Aesop Prize of the Children's Folklore Section of the American
Folklore Society and for the International Reading Association Children's Book Award.

"High Plains Lazarus." Short story.
Dark Distortions Vol. 2. Ed. Molly Feese. Lincoln,
NE: Scotopia Press, 2008. Forthcoming.

"Fluorescence." Short story.
The Harrow (July 1008).

"Eating the Dream." Short story.
Femspec 8.1 (2008).

"Tangled up in Some Sort of Cerulean Hue." Short story.
Ephemera 3 (December
2007): 49-52.

"Dear Friend." Humor.
Helium (2007).

"Raising Lempi." Short story.
Circle 100 (Winter 2007): 31-33.

"Corrections to the Rules of Fimble Fowl (for 3 players or 4)." Humor.
Wild Violet 6.2

"Palakainen." Short story.
New World Finn 7.2 (April-June 2007): 4-6.

"Songs of Defiance." Poem.
Bayou Review (Spring 2006): 53-54.

"On Buffalo Bayou." Short story.
New Texas Review (2005): 92-108.

"Vipunen." Short story.
New World Finn 5.3 (Jul-Sep 2005): 22-24. Reprinted:
Mythic Passages (July 2007).

"Sun Thief." Short story.
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXI . New
York: DAW Books, 2004. 133-142.

"Kerttu." Short story.
New World Finn 4.2 (April-June 2004): 7-9.

When Little Joe the Krampus Met. Chapbook with The Joey Zone. December 2003.

"Sacrifice." Short story.
New World Finn 3.2 (April-June 2002): 22-23.

"Wordgeryne." Short story.
Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries 5 (June 2002): 42-46.

The Willimantic Frogs. Chapbook. May 2001.

"Sinikka Journeys North."
The Beltane Papers 25 (2001): 14-19. Reprinted: Mythic
Passages (February/March 2004).

The Seeker Journal 13.5 (2001): 6-9. Reprinted: The Pagan
, Jan 2007.

Three Penny Dreadfuls. Chapbook. June 1998.

"A Gift House."
Masters of Terror's House of Horror (April 1998).

"The Eleventh Commandment." Rictus 9 (April 1997) .

"Another Metamorphosis: A Moral Tale About Obsession." Short story.
Dream Forge
(November 1996).

Lumottu. Play (part of Unikirja). Excerpt to appear in New World Finn 9.3 (Fall

Bell, Book & Candle: A Trilogy of ten-minute plays.

Bell appears in the Spring Equinox 2008 issue of Mused, the BellaOnline literary
Book appears in the Fall Equinox 2008 issue of Mused, the BellaOnline literary

"Me and Margery Kempe." Nonfiction.
Wild Violet (2008).

"Grimma Gaest." Nonfiction.
Human Cuisine. Eds. Ken Albala and Gary Allen. NY:
Book Surge, 2008. 209-213.

"The Virgin Victim: Re-imagining a medieval folk ballad in The Virgin Spring and Last
House on the Left." Nonfiction.
Folklore/Cinema: Popular Film as Vernacular
Eds. Sharon R. Sherman and Mikel J. Koven. Logan, UT: Utah State UP,
2007. 180-196.

"Roses, Beads and Bones: Gender, Borders and Slippage in Tove Jansson's Moomin
Comics." Nonfiction.
Tove Jansson: A Collection of Critical Essays Eds. Kate
McLoughlin and Malin Lidstr\366m Brock. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press,
2007. 166-183.

"Up on the Roof: Understanding an Anglo-Saxon Healing Practice." Nonfiction.  
Societas Magica Newsletter 18 (Fall 2007): 1-8.

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2, by Tove Jansson. Book
New World Finn 7.4 (Winter 2008): 25.

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson. Book
International Journal of Comic Art 9.1 (2007): 710-11.

"Fun with Sledgehammers or in Search of the Sampo." Film Review [Jade Warrior].
Up Against the Wall 6 (April 2007).

Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo. Book review.
New World Finn 5.3 (July-
Sept 2004): 26.

Popular Music from Vittula by Mikael Niemi. Book review.
New World Finn 5.2
(April-June 2004): 26.
Kathryn A. Laity