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Chelsea Biondolillo in conversation with Justin Hocking
Chelsea Biondolillo joins us to read from her new collection of essays, The Skinned Bird, published by Kernpunkt Press. Chelsea will be joined in conversation this evening by Justin Hocking, author of (most recently) The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld.
The Skinned Bird is about all the ways we break our own hearts. In lyric, fragmented essays — full of geological, ornithological and photographic interventions, with landscapes, loss, and longing — Biondolillo travels the terrain of leaving and finding home while keeping her sights fixed firm on the natural world around her. The collection includes “How to Skin a Bird,” winner of the Carter Prize for the Essay, and the Best American Essays 2014 notable essay, “Phrenology.” Lidia Yuknavitch describes the collection as “nothing short of breathtaking,” adding “Chelsea forges a path through imagination, science, the natural world, and language back to the heart of all things.”
She has a BFA in photography from Pacific NW College of Art and an MFA in creative writing/environmental studies from the University of Wyoming and is the author of two prose chapbooks, Ologies and #Lovesong. Her work has been collected in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016, Waveform: Twenty-first Century Essays by Women, and How We Speak To One Another: An Essay Daily Reader, among others. She is a former Olive B. O’Connor fellow at Colgate University, and her work has been supported by Oregon Literary Arts, Wyoming Arts Council, and the Consortium for Science and Policy Outcomes/NSF.