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.