Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Hybrid Genre. A transgenre (prose poem? flash nonfiction?) exploration of fashion, style, body image, consumerism, and other related ventures into the personal-political, LOCALLY MADE PANTIES is light-hearted, deadpan and deadly serious. After asking herself what she was truly most scared to admit in her writing—what was most taboo—Greenberg realized that, rather than sex or family history, what felt the most revealing and terrifying was to confess how much time she spent thinking about hairstyles and shoes. Stuff that, perhaps, a professor of poetry, a so-called intellectual and feminist, a person who cares about justice and activism, a busy working mother and wife, does not want to admit thinking about. So, in a series of book-length short first-person essays, Greenberg thinks about war, What Not to Wear, fat, conceptual art, lingerie, pregnancy, J. Crew, activism, breasts, street attention, vintage clothes, feminism, Project Runway and money, and the connections between it all.
Arielle Greenberg is the co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of the nonfiction/ transgenre book HOME/BIRTH: A POEMIC, and author of three collections of poetry, the most recent of which is SLICE (Coconut Books, 2015). She has co-edited several literary anthologies, including GURLESQUE; THE NEW GRRLY, GROTESQUE, BURLESQUE POETICS (Saturnalia Books, 2010) writes on contemporary poetry for The American Poetry Review and other places; and teaches poetry, creative nonfiction and transgenre work in the MFA program at Oregon State University-Cascades. A former urbanite, she now lives in a small town in Maine with her family.Author City: BELFAST, ME USA