Forthcoming IN PRAISE OF THE MAKERS: On Fashion, Fishermen, & the Sardine Dress

Everywhere communities, habitats, and families are endangered by radical loss. This book is an act of resistance against such loss, a testament to the beauty and fragility of human making. Inspired by Merwin’s Lament for the Makers–and a spectacular Yves St Laurent dress–the book unearths wonders in its journey through family and environmental history to find: the unmarked grave of a grandmother, a fisherman lost at sea afloat for a week in his dory, a seal skin coat, flowers placed in bullet holes in glass after terrorist attacks in Paris, Vermeer’s portrait of The Lacemaker, a seal rising up through the floor of an Icelandic cottager, the historic silk weavers of Lyon, two prom dresses and a crinoline, a Manhattan Subway sandwich shop where once a dressmaking business thrived, the bounty and beauty of a herring harvest, the silences of women lost to history, and so much more.

The author is grateful to the Guggenheim Foundation for a fellowship that supported the research and writing on this project. Counterpoint Press will publish the book in fall 2021.

 

 

 

Can’t Wait for Zoologies? Check These Publications!

Bobcat in tree

Though Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit will publish this fall, you may be eager to get your hands (and eyes) on some of the essays appearing in the book before it comes out. Here are a few of the book’s prose pieces now available or out soon. Enjoy!

“The Pony, the Pig, the Horse”
Ecotone

“Sacred Pig”
Eleven Eleven

“Patativa, Chimera, Bobcat”
The Georgia Review

“The Owl, Spotted”
Fall 2006 : OnEarth

“The Animal Spirit”
Orion

“The Cheetah Run”
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments


And three excerpts available on this website:


 Bobcat photo by Kramer Gary, courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.