Poetry. An actress. A thinker. A filmmaker. Built of archives and the imagination, the three fictive women narrating BLOOD FEATHER articulate a feminist philosophy of art-making and life-making for our fractured world. Kelsey engages the given by calling on female artists of the past—Lilian Gish, Maya Deren, Maria Tallchief, and the architect Eileen Gray, among others—to join this drama of character and form. Here, structures of the past and ambitions for our future shape BLOOD FEATHER'S personae as they confirm and resist, collude with and attempt to reinvent, the cultural and personal histories that surround them.
Karla Kelsey's poetry and prose weave together the lyric with philosophy and history. She is the author of five full- length books, most recently BLOOD FEATHER (Tupelo, 2020), and a book of speculative essays, OF SHERE (Essay Press, 2017). Poems and prose have appeared in journals such as Bomb, Fence, Conjunctions, New American Writing, The Boston Review, The Colorado Review, The Denver Quarterly, Verse, and Tupelo Quarterly. Her critical essays on poetry, poetics, and pedagogy have appeared in anthologies and literary journals. From 2010-2017 she edited The Constant Critic, Fence Books' online journal of poetry reviews. With Aaron McCollough she currently co-publishes SplitLevel Texts, a press specializing in book-length hybrid genre projects. A recipient of a Fulbright Scholars grant, she has taught in Budapest, Hungary, and is Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University's Writers Institute.Author City: SUSQUEHANNA VAL, PA USA