Kathline Carr with Judy Grahn / Miraculum Monstrum

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 7:30pm


Booksmith welcomes Kathline Carr to the store for her latest work, Miraculum Monstrum. She'll be in conversation with Judy Grahn. Join us!


Miraculum Monstrum is a hybrid narrative about fictitious female artist Tristia Vogel who experiences a radical physical transformation, beginning with the excrescence of apparent wings. Though her affliction is possibly an anomalous mutation resulting from worldwide ecological upheaval, the bird/woman is co-opted by a religious cult and written as the central figure of their scriptural text. Miraculum Monstrum contains fragmentary verse, scraps of lore, cult propaganda, curatorial commentary and colorful images in a catalog for an exhibit of Vogel’s visual artifacts and writings that chronicle this speculative history.




“A visionary’s warning, a topographical map of the mind, a manual of survival in the face of apocalyptic odds. Miraculum Monstrum’s imagined curatorial chronicle of Tristia Vogel’s metamorphosis is devastating—and transcendent.”—Jane Denitz Smith, playwright



Kathline Carr was born in 1966 and raised primarily in New England. After having a family and living in seclusion at the base of Gallows Hill in Connecticut, Carr earned her BFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in visual art and feminist philosophy from Goddard College, VT and an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She is the recipient of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway “Everything but Poetry” Book Prize from AROHO Foundation, and a previous Connecticut Poetry Circuit Award winner (2006). Her writing/art has appeared in Yew Journal, Entropy, Calyx, Earth’s Daughters, Hawaii Review, CT Review, Alexandria Quarterly and elsewhere; she has exhibited her visual work in the Berkshires, Provincetown, NYC, Boston, and Toronto. Carr lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, with her husband and sometimes-collaborator, figurative painter Jim Peters, and her youngest daughter Mercedes.


Judy Grahn is best known as a poet, also as author of Another Mother Tongue: Gay Words, Gay Worlds, and a memoir A Simple Revolution, the Making of an Activist Poet. She teaches creative writing, mythology, and a new origin story based in women’s rituals. Her newest book is: Hanging On Our Own Bones, a collection of signature provocative nine-part poems including “A Woman Is Talking to Death” and “Mental,” as well as new work, from Red Hen Press. She will read from this and also her lively short poems, love belongs to those who do the feeling.



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Miraculum Monstrum Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597096072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Hen Press - October 24th, 2017