Kassi Underwood

Kassi Underwood has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic online, and Guernica, among other places. A Kentuckian by birth, she lives on the ocean outside Boston, where she is working on a memoir.

Finding Art While Behind Bars

It’s safe to say that Marvin Francis thinks about toilet paper quite a bit differently than the rest of us. Over the phone, I ask which brand he prefers. “I went through Charmin,” he says in his polite Kentucky brogue. “I’ve done Scott. Believe it or not, the best toilet paper I ever found came […]


“Coming Out of Somebody’s Hell”: Greg Bottoms and The Art of American Trash

In February of 1992, Greg Bottoms’ older brother, Michael, who suffered from schizophrenia, drizzled gasoline in the hallway of his family’s home in Tidewater, Virginia. His mother, his father, and his youngest brother were sleeping. Mr. Bottoms, age twenty-one at the time, had already moved out. When the floor was covered, Michael lit a match, […]