Poetry. Cross-Genre. Laura Mullen's clever postmodern gothic is a tour de force. Here enter the stock elements of the generic horror tale: the haunted house, the doctor, the down-to-earth gardener, the chatty housemaid, the sunny morning and dark portentous night. At the center, a beautiful woman is dead. But is she? The tale is disassembled to offer alternate reading—as a story, as a flipbook, and as a text scored for old and familiar voices.
Laura Mullen is the author of eight books: Dark Archive, Subject, After I Was Dead, The Surface, which was a National Poetry Series selection, COMPLICATED GRIEF (Solid Objects, 2015), ENDURING FREEDOM (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2012), MURMUR (Futurepoem Books, 2007) and THE TALES OF HORROR: [A FLIP- BOOK] (Kelsey Street Press, 1999). Her poems are included in Postmodern American Poetry, American Hybrid, and I'LL DROWN MY BOOK: CONCEPTUAL WRITING BY WOMEN (Les Figues Press, 2012), among other anthologies. The composer Jason Eckardt's setting of her poem "The Distance (This)" was released as Undersong by Mode Records in 2011, and a collaboration with the composer Nathan Davis was premiered by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in 2014. Mullen's honors and awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. She is the McElveen Professor in English and Director of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University.Author City: NEW ORLEANS, LA USA