Kathline Carr Reading: "Miraculum Monstrum"

Author of Miraculum Monstrum, winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway "Everything But Poetry" Book Prize from AROHO and a 2017 Best Book Award finalist in the "Fiction: Cross Genre" category, reads from her work.

"Kathline Carr’s feminist fairy tale Miraculum Monstrum is arresting, ominous, and dialectic, equal parts an emergent mythology, a damning treatise, and a horror story." --Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers​, Foreword Reviews.

Free and open to the public. A PoemCity 2018 event.

About the book

Miraculum Monstrum is an epic hybrid narrative about Tristia Vogel, a female artist who experiences a radical physical transformation, beginning with the excrescence of apparent wings. Though she is possibly an anomalous mutation resulting from worldwide ecological upheaval, the bird/woman is co-opted by a religious cult that claims to have prophesied her experience; she is thus written as the central figure of their scriptural text. The fragmentary poem that is Miraculum Monstrum, which bears the same name as the fictitious codex quoted throughout, is presented within a catalog for an exhibit of visual artifacts and writings that chronicle this speculative history. The exhibition curator persona performs a duel function as narrative voice within the poem and critical commentator on the exhibit.

"Miraculum Monstrum's architecture, in its interplay of word and image, post-apocalyptic Ovidian myth, documentary fiction, feminist magical realism, taxonomy, and sensuousness, is a tour de force of hybrid poetics." Shira Dentz, author of door of thin skins

"Set in an apocalyptic near future, [Miraculum Monstrum] catalogues the transformation of Tristia Vogel from a woman to a 'latter hybrid,' a harpy-like creature both fragile and primal, able to survive an imminent ecological tragedy. The hybrid narrative uses art, poetry, narration, museum curating, and apocryphal texts to examine the constraint and construction of women...[Tristia] emerges as a messianic figure for outcasts." Letitia Montgomery-R​odgers, Foreword Reviews

About the author

Kathline Carr, writer and visual artist, is the author of Miraculum Monstrum, (Red Hen Press 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize and Best Book Award finalist in the category of Fiction: Cross Genre. Carr’s writing and art have appeared in Alexandria QuarterlyEntropy, YewCalyxConnecticut ReviewHawaii ReviewEarth's Daughters and elsewhere; she has exhibited in the Berkshires, New York City, Boston, Toronto, Provincetown and is represented by Fountain Street Gallery in Boston. Carr received her BFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in Visual Art and Feminist Philosophy from Goddard College, VT and holds an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She lives in North Adams, Massachusetts with her husband and sometimes-collaborator, figurative painter Jim Peters, and her youngest daughter Mercedes. Visit her website at www.kathlinecarr.com.

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

77 Main St
Montpelier, VT 05602
United States
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ISBN: 9781597096072
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Published: Red Hen Press - October 24th, 2017