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Delve Readers Seminar: “Real Women Have Bodies”: the grotesque in women writers’ short stories

January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

Genre-defying writers Carmen Maria Machado, Sayaka Murata and Bora Chung incorporate elements from fairy tales, horror and science fiction to give us lopsided but chillingly familiar scenes from our society. Whether in Machado’s rewriting of folklore in “The Husband Stitch”, Murata’s imaginings of a world where we eat dead people in “Life Ceremony”, or Chung’s nightmarish rendering of a body made of a woman’s excrement in “The Head”, these stories don’t shy away from body horror, rather choosing to dive right into the messy as well as the sometimes disgusting realities of being a human, and woman, in our world.

Texts (selected stories)
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata
Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung

Access Program
We want our classes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers class registrations at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at if you have questions.

Hannah Kim

Hannah Kim is currently earning her masters degree in Korean Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Her research interests include gender, romantic love, literature and translation. She is also a writer and musician.


Portland, OR 97207


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