30 Nov 2015
Errant Foreign Bodies
Mary Cappello is a writer and professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Rhode Island. Her four books of literary nonfiction include Awkward: A Detour (2007, a Los Angeles Times bestseller), and, following Maya Deren, a ritual in transfigured time, Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to Life (2009). Her most recent book, Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them (2012), emerges from the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum. A new suite of lyric essays on ‘mood’ and its affinities with clouds, ‘sonorous envelopes’, and dioramas will appear next fall. A recipient of The Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination; the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize; and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, Cappello is a former Fulbright Lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute (Moscow), and currently Holtzbrink Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
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