R188. Writing the Monster Body

Room 304, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Under the bed, in the real or proverbial closet, in movies, in politics, in history, and even in our own bodies, today there are more “monsters” than ever. In this panel, five writers from three genres discuss the risks and rewards of writing the monster body. Some questions to be considered: How do we depict what’s human about what’s monstrous, and vice versa? How do we best question socially constructed monster-hood? And what does it mean when the monster is us?



Carrie Shipers is the author of the chapbooks Ghost-Writing and Rescue Conditions and the full-length collection Ordinary Mourning. Her poems have appeared in New England Review, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County.

Andrea Scarpino is the author of the chapbook The Grove Behind and the poetry collection Once, Then. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University and has published in numerous journals including the Cincinnati Review, Los Angeles Review, and Prairie Schooner.

Aaron Raz Link is assistant professor at Pacific NW College of Art, nonfiction MFA, historian of science, and mask performer. His book What Becomes You was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in both gay and transgender writing; essays appear in books and journals including Brevity and Fourth Genre.

Kwame Dawes is author of eighteen collections of poetry; two novels; several anthologies; and plays. He has won a Pushcart Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Emmy. At the University of Nebraska he is a Chancellor's Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner.

emily m. danforth is author of the YA novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post, winner of the 2012 Montana Book Award and finalist for the William C. Morris and Lambda awards. She teaches creative writing at Rhode Island College in Providence and is co-editor of the Cupboard.


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