Fiction. HIDER/SEEKER is the debut fiction collection from award-winning poet Jen Currin. These stories are about addiction and meditation, relationships and almost-relationships, solitude and sexuality. They take place in cafes, in snowy woods, on city street corners, and at Zen retreats—where conversations happen in the margins of books and filthy shoes are treated with reverence. Ex-wives reunite only to be confronted with their past; an aunt believes she has made a heartbreaking discovery about her niece; a seemingly never-ending hysterical pregnancy becomes the talk of a cafe. These stories are always unflinchingly honest in their portrayal of relationships—in particular the relationships of the book's lgbtq+ characters—as they navigate change, spirituality, and sex. Currin welcomes the reader into the complicated lives of her characters and invites them to stay.
Jen Currin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and did her schooling at Bard College and Arizona State University. She has published three collections of poetry, THE SLEEP OF FOUR CITIES (Anvil Press, 2005), HAGIOGRAPHY (Coach House, 2008), and THE INQUISITION YOURS (Coach House, 2010). HIDER/SEEKER is her debut fiction collection (Anvil Press, 2018). She currently lives in Vancouver, where she teaches creative and academic writing.Author City: Vancouver, BC CAN