Poetry. Drama. "In Tysh's tough, visceral, lacerating text, we bear witness to a surreal poetry for the stage, reminiscent of Büchner, Artaud, Genet, and Heiner Müller. Klara K leads us on an unspeakable journey through the ravages of WWII, while bearing a child who will never know these immensely moving shards of stories except through her mother's anguished memories. NIGHT SCALES is a compassionate, devastating tale of death and survival by those who '...ate [the] bruises and drank the hurt in a long swallow,' and those who still '...hoard the pain, like a gift that flowers on a dry stalk'"—Charles Borkhuis. Cover by Christian Boltanski.
Chris Tysh was born and raised in Paris, and studied American literature at the Sorbonne. She was naturalized as a citizen of the United States on July 4th, 1998. Her critical study, Allen Ginsberg, was published in Paris by Editions Seghers in the series "Poètes d'Aujourd'hui." She teaches writing and women's studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her books include HOTEL DES ARCHIVES: A TRILOGY (Station Hill Press at Barrytown, 2018), OUR LADY OF THE FLOWERS, ECHOIC (Les Figues Press, 2013), MOLLOY: THE FLIP SIDE (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), NIGHT SCALES: A FABLE FOR KLARA K (United Artists Books, 2010), CLEAVAGE (Roof Books, 2004), CONTINUITY GIRL (United Artists Books, 2000), IN THE NAME (Past Tents Press, 1994), and COAT OF ARMS (Station Hill Press of Barrytown, 1992). Her Motor City drama, car men, a play in d, was staged at the Detroit Institute of Arts under the direction of Carla Harryman in 1996. She is a 2003 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. Author City: DETROIT, MI USA