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Karen Brennan


Karen Brennan Ph.D. is the author of seven books of varying genres including poetry collections "Here on Earth" (1989) and "The Real Enough World" (2006), both from Wesleyan University Press; " little dark" (2014) Four Way Books; "Wild Desire" (1990), U Mass Press; "The Garden in Which I Walk" (2005), "Fiction Collective 2". A memoir, "Being with Rachel" (2001) WW Norton, and her newest work, short fiction, entitled "Monsters," from Four Way Books (2016).

The book is structurally ambitious flash fiction that examines all the ways great and small in which characters can be haunted. The monsters in this latest collection from multi-genre writer Brennan range from the recognizable (ghosts, zombies) to the whimsical (a talking cat) to the darkly realistic (brain damage, a cancer diagnosis). These 39 stories, many of which are only a few pages long and some of which clock in at just a paragraph, foreground their construction: they are as much about language and form as they are about plot and character. Each story is infused with humor, most often a wry treatment of character and a deadpan delivery. (To Whom It May Concern in My Creative Writing Class: A fascinator is a kind of hat, one narrator abruptly explains.) Kirkus

Her fiction, poetry and nonfiction has appeared in anthologies from WW Norton, Penguin, Graywolf, Spuytin Duyvil, Michigan and Georgia, among others. A National Endowment of the Arts recipient, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Utah and teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

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Scheduled events:
Reading with Karen Brennan
Karen Brennan, Ph.D., is the author of seven books of varying genres including her most recent collection "Monsters."

Student Union Kiva (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Student Union Kiva (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Karen Brennan
Moderator: Joni Wallace
WORKSHOP: Writing and Publishing both Fiction and Poetry
Karen Brennan discusses how she chooses her genre/subjects and tips in getting published.

Integrated Learning Center Room 119 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Karen Brennan
Tucson Authors Tell All!
Three notable local authors compare notes on their Old Pueblo ties, Southwest inspirations, having a book on the big stage, and life in the literary fast lane.

Student Union Tucson Room (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Karen Brennan, Adrienne Celt, Reed Karaim
Moderator: Douglas Mitchell

Books:
Monsters
Fiction / Literature
Four Way Books
September 2016
ISBN 9781935536796
Paperback, 208 pages
$17.95, INSTORE
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Literal as well as metaphorical monsters inhabit this book of 38 innovative fictions. More/less

little dark
Poetry
Four Way Books
ISBN 9781935536420
Paperback, 80 pages
$15.95, OUTOFSTOCK
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little dark is a hybrid collection of poems and prose threaded together by an act of memoir. More/less

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