The Writer’s Center presents a FREE virtual chat about the craft of fiction! We’re joined by Allison Wyss to discuss her debut story collection, Splendid Anatomies. Allison will be in conversation with Zach Powers, novelist and Artistic Director at The Writer’s Center.
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Allison Wyss has a thing about body modification, dismemberment, and fairy tales. Her stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, Water~Stone Review, Moon City Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland. Some of her ideas about the craft of fiction can be found in a column she writes for the Loft Literary Center, where she also teaches classes. Splendid Anatomies is her first book.
About the Book
The very peculiar and human characters of Splendid Anatomies by Allison Wyss live in, on, and far beyond the periphery, learning to love themselves as they claim and reclaim their bodies. They get tattoos, have radical operations, wear prostheses, even dig bloody veins from their legs. They hack themselves to pieces. But then they stitch themselves back up–in ways that are both glorious and painful. These stories, set in the lands of fables, in other universes, and even the Midwest, are grotesque and gory, menacing and magical, sad, funny, and true celebrations of what it means to live.
“In Splendid Anatomies, Allison Wyss examines the inherent strangeness of embodiment in all its forms, the different ways our physicality shapes who we are, and what we understand about ourselves and the world. The collection moves beyond genre to deliver tales that are by turns hilarious, disturbing, and poignant. A truly fascinating read.” —Emily Mitchell, author of The Last Summer of the World