"Taut, macabre, with wounds electric, The Book of X will take your head off while staring dead-on into your eyes." - Blake Butler

Available from award-winning press Two Dollar Radio, The Book of X tells the tale of Cassie, a girl born with her stomach twisted in the shape of a knot. From childhood with her parents on the family meat farm, to a desk job in the city, to finally experiencing love, she grapples with her body, men, and society, all the while imagining a softer world than the one she is in.

Twining the drama of the everyday — school-age crushes, paying bills, the sickness of parents — with the surreal — rivers of thighs, men for sale and fields of throats — Cassie’s two realities alternate to create a blurred, fantastic world of haunting beauty.

fiction & stories

Interviews & Essays



Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party, selected by Deb Olin Unferth as the winner of the Caketrain Press award, and The Book of X, her first novel, which is available from Two Dollar Radio.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cut, VICE, New York Tyrant, Juked, Night Block, The Black Warrior Review, Salt Hill Journal, The Collagist, and more. 

She is the co-founder of the TireFire Reading Series, and a contributing editor at The Fanzine. She has also served as an arts columnist at Philadelphia Weekly.

She has been awarded residences at Disquiet International program in Portugal and the Gullkistan Writing Residency in Iceland. In 2017, she was the keynote speaker at the Society for the Study of Women Writers conference in Bordeaux, France.

She earned her B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Rosemont College.



Facebook: Sarah Rose Etter

Instagram: @sarahroseetter


tongue party

Reviews & Praise:

"If these stories were films, they’d be early Hal Hartley meets John Waters." - Tara Murtha, Philadelphia Weekly

"Though the volume feels thin in your hand, don’t let this fool you; the collection is packed full of gorgeous, jarring stories." - Blythe Davenport, Philadelphia Stories

"Watching each beautiful, terrifying, utterly bizarre story unfold is part of what makes reading this cohesive collection so enjoyable." - Melissa Reddish, Emprise Review

"It’s like nothing you have ever read before." -  A Little Tete-A-Tete

"[Etter is a] literary sniper—these brief fables are single shots to the dome. She needs no more than a page or two to bring you to your knees." - Dawn West, PANK Magazine

"There’s a visceral quality to these stories that sometimes calls to mind the work of Brian Evenson." - Tobias Carroll,  Volume 1 Brooklyn

"This book is an odd look at relationships, a bit of mirror, a bit of shattered mirror glass, I mean to say a sharpened edge that might just hold our own face." - Sean Lovelace, HTML Giant

live rounds

Thursday, August 17th
Rare Jawn With Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, and Berry Grass
L'Etage @ 7PM
Philadelphia, PA

Monday, August 14
Franklin Park Reading Series with Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, and Lindsey Hunter
618 St. Johns Place @ 7PM
Brooklyn, NY


Friday, July 7
Keynote Speech: Bizarre Feminism - Surrealism In The Service of A Movement
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference
University of Bordeaux @ 1:30
Bordeaux, France

Thursday, July 6
A Reading With Translator Véronique Béghain 
Librarie La Machine @ 6:30PM
Bordeaux, France


Sunday, January 15
Writers Resist: Philadelphia Writers United for Liberty
The American Jewish Museum @ 2:30PM
Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, March 28
Live At Kelly Writers House
Kelly Writers House @ 7PM
Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, March 23
The Hatchery Reading Series
With: Chris Tarry, Jaime Fountaine, and Chris DiCicco
The Monkey Club @ 7PM
Philadelphia, PA


Saturday, March 12
Lost In the Letters Atlanta
With: Gina Myers, Ashley M. Jones, and Sabrina Orah Mark
673 Edgewood Ave @ 7PM
Atlanta, GA


Thursday, October 17
Writers Night in America: 215 Festival Edition
With: Nicholson Baker, Brian Warfield, TJ Kong, & more!
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, September 23
215 Festival Benefit & Preview
With: Elizabeth Scanlon, Doogie Horner & more
Port Richmond Books
3037 Richmond Street
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, June 28, 2013
TireFire Readings Presents: Good Riddance, TeBordo!
Tattooed Mom's @ 7PM
With: Christian TeBordo, Adam Robinson, Mark Cugini, Sasha Fletcher, Jaime Fountaine, Lee Klein, Mike Ingram & more!
530 South Street
Philadelphia, PA


Sunday, March 24, 2013
Three Tents Reading Series
The Big Hunt @ 6PM
With: Matthew Zapruder, James Gendron, Nicole Steinberg
1345 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Sunday, November 4, 2012
215 Literary Festival @ 7PM
The Mural Arts Campfire Mobile Reading
Location TBD


Saturday, October 13, 2012
Brattleboro Literary Festival with Steve Almond, Randall Brown, Kathy Fish, & more.
Hooker-Dunham Theater @ 530PM
139 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT


Saturday, September 22, 2012
Conversations & Connections Conference
University of the Arts @ 930AM
Terra Hall
Philadelphia, PA


Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Literary Death Match
The Back Room @ 7PM
With: Touré, David Rees, muMs, Baratunde Thurston & more.
102 Norfolk St.
New York, NY

Saturday, March 31, 2012
General Ideas Reading Series
Brickbat Books @ 7PM
With: Mickey Hess, Sasha Fletcher & Julianna Spallholz
709 South 4th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Friday, March 23, 2012
Toiling in Obscurity Reading Series
With: Jaime Fountaine, Christian TeBordo, 
Justin Sirosis & more.
The Dive @ 7PM
947 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Convocation in Chicago
Beauty Bar @ 7PM
1444 West Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
AWP Kick-Off Party
The Empty Bottle @ 8PM
1035 North Western Ave.
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Rosemont College Reading Series
Main Building @ 7:30PM
1400 Montgomery Avenue
Rosemont, PA

Friday, November 4, 2011
Echoes and Visions Reading Series
Wor-Wic Community College @ 7PM
Guerreri Hall
Salisbury, MD


Monday October 10, 2011
Franklin Park Reading Series
With: Blake Butler, Alexander Chee, Scott McClanahan, and more
Franklin Park Bar @ 7PM
618 St. John's Place
Brooklyn, NY


Friday September 23, 2011
Toiling in Obscurity Reading Series
With: Lee Klein, Jaime Fountaine and
Jeremy Eric Tenenbaum
The Dive @ 7PM
947 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA


Thursday July 21, 2011
PANK: Invasion Brooklyn
With Melissa Broder, Deb Olin Unferth, and more.
Pete's Candy Store  @ 7PM more.
Brooklyn, NY

Friday July 15, 2011
With: Adam Novy and Christian Tebordo
Tattooed Mom @ 7pm
Philadelphia, PA


Thursday June 30th, 2011
Tongue Party Book Release!!!
Ladder 15 @ 6:30PM
Philadelphia, PA

Sunday June 12, 2011
Sunday Salon Reading Series
Jimmys 43 @ 7PM
New York, NY

Thursday May 26, 2011
Philadelphia Literary Death Match
Ladder 15 @ 7pm
Philadelphia, PA

Saturday May 21, 2011
The 5ive:ten Reading Series
Minas Gallery @ 5PM
Baltimore, MD


Friday April 8, 2011
A Benefit Reading for The Hive Collective
Bookspace @ 7PM
Philadelphia, PA


Wednesday March 16, 2011
Speakeasy Kelly Writers House @ 8PM
Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday March 8, 2011
Painted Bride Quarterly Reading
The Black Sheep @ 7:30PM
Philadelphia, PA 

Saturday March 5, 2011
Invasion:Response Reading
The Underbar @ 9PM
Chicago, IL


Last Thursday of Every Month
Slam, Bam, Thank You Ma'am
Hosted by Painted Bride Quarterly
Pen & Pencil Club @ 7:30PM
Philadelphia, PA