Featuring Celia Bland, Harriet Brown, and Sarah Towers
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 2-4 p.m.
A reading featuring nonfiction writer Harriet Brown, author of Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, and short fiction writer Sarah Towers, hosted by Bard College Writer-in-Residence Celia Bland, author of the poetry collection Soft Box. “When we talk about mortality,” Joan Didion recently wrote, “we are talking about our children.” These works—stark but optimistic, conferring excitement and promise—celebrate mothers and children and, by inference, mortality.
Celia Bland’s poetry and prose has recently appeared in Poetry International, The Boston Review, and Drunken Boat and is upcoming in The Narrative Review and The Evergreen Review. Her essay, “Secret Book Written in the Dirt,” will be included in an upcoming collection devoted to the poetry of Jean Valentine (University of Michigan). Her collaboration with visual artist Dianne Kornberg, “Madonna Comix,” will be published in 2012. She is writer-in-residence at Bard College and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
Harriet Brown’s work appears in the New York Times Magazine, O, Health, Glamour, Prevention, and other publications. Her latest book, Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, recounts her family’s efforts to help their oldest daughter recover from anorexia nervosa. She co-chairs Maudsley Parents, a website of resources for families struggling with eating disorders (www.maudsleyparents.org), and is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Brown is an assistant professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, New York, where she created Project BodyTalk, an audio project that collects commentaries about people’s relationship to food, eating, and their bodies (www.projectbodytalk.com).
Sarah Towers’s short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in various places, including Tin House, Mirabella, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Seventeen, and BookForum. She has taught fiction and literature at Boston University, Colgate, and, most recently, the Bard Prison Initiative. Her story, “The Outside World,” won the Chariton Review’s Short Fiction Prize in 2011.