For five years of her life, Kristin Garth was a schoolgirl stripper, dressed in plaid skirts and knee socks and braids and undressed to make her way into the world. She was 25 and did this until she was 30. She was a graduate student when she began this profession though dropped out of school because of the personal price tag her repressive, abusive homelife cost her. She decided to prioritize her autonomy and also explore her sexuality in the strip club. It was the scariest decision of her life, and yet it was the profession (besides writing) that most encapsulated who she was. You can read about her experiences, in poetic form, in Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir, a full-length poetic memoir.
Read what poet Christina Striga had to say about Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir here:
You can also listen to an audio interview with Kristin Garth about Candy Cigarette and many other topics with Jane Fleming here.