Individual Author Record
Name: Kass FleisherPen Name: None Genre: Audience: Adult; Born: 1959 in born in Wilmington, Delaware
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Illinois ConnectionFleisher teaches at Illinois State University in Normal.
Biographical and Professional InformationKass Fleisher was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and holds degrees in English from Dickinson College (B.A., 1981), the University of North Dakota (M.A., 1989), and Binghamton University (Ph.D., 1993). She is best known for her fiction and creative nonfiction. Fleisher is the author of five books and numerous essays and reviews, and the editor, with Caitlin M. Alvarez, of a literary anthology - ''Litscapes: Collected US Writings.'' With her frequent writing partner, Joe Amato, Fleisher has written a full-length play and several screenplays (none of which have been produced to date). Since 2003, Fleisher has taught creative writing at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She's the founding publisher of Steerage Press.
- Accidental Species, Chax Press, 2005
- Dead Woman Hollow, Excelsior Editions, 2012
- Talking Out of School, Dalkey Archive Press, 2008
- The Adventurous, Factory School Press, 2006
- The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History, State University of New York Press, 2004
Titles At Your Library
The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History
ISBN: 0791460649 SUNY Press. 2004 Explores how a pivotal event in U.S. history―the killing of nearly 300 Shoshoni men, women, and children in 1863―has been contested, forgotten, and remembered.
ISBN: 092590449X Chax Press. 2005 Poetry. "In Kass Fleisher's wild and wonderful universe, 'the traffic was horrible and lots of people were late with their periods,' or again, the poet busies herself trying to 'express debt on a sly chart meant to show asset retribution.' If there is a 'question of the day' for her young couples, who 'naturally' refuse to share their food, it's 'who ate the oreos? who drank the tab?' The reader, turning the brilliant and hilarious pages of ACCIDENTAL SPECIES, hardly has time to come up for air before s/he is taken on yet another verbal space shuttle, engaged in language games at once preposterous and yet deadly in their accuracy. If you want to know what it's like to navigate the shoals of intellectual-life-on-a-shoestring, as it plays out today across mediated America, ACCIDENTAL SPECIES is the book you cannot afford to miss"--Marjorie Perloff.
ISBN: 1600010008 Factory School. 2006 The Adventurous is a tale of two scribblers who dare to scale the heights of each other, of words, of genres, and of the institutions that make up such things as marriage and Others and words and genres. Our intrepid transmogrifiers encounter forces that lift and separate prose and poetry, she and he, molehill and mountain. Climbing, they get their words together--but the words veer off the trail. Order deters cairns push switchbacks pull. And if that's not enough impediment, they go to a conference, he gets fired, and she interviews at MLA. So our transceivers are not...civil. The Adventurous stakes a claim to romantic levitation--but it is not a love story. It is summit without descent, at play in the fields of talus, straddling the crevasse. It is a tongue lashing high-altitude scree.
Talking Out of School
ISBN: 1564785173 Dalkey Archive Press. 2008 Humour abounds in this memoir which reads like an expose of the power structures in America's higher education system: Whose got it, how they're abusing it, what everyone else is willing to do to get it and the social cost of doing educational business this way."
Dead Woman Hollow
ISBN: 1438442629 Excelsior Editions. 2012 Three generations of Northern Appalachian women confront poverty, violence, and isolation.
Dead Woman Hollow, a shady glade named for a rattlesnake-bit mother left to die in 1908, is a novel that testifies to the true grit that is a birthright of the women of Northern Appalachia's remote mountain areas - a beautiful and brutal land with a culture hostile to change.
The novel spans three generations of women's lives connected by geography and history. It begins during World War I, when a Philadelphian pro-suffrage group attempts to bring their replica Liberty Bell to every one of the sixty-seven county seats in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, drawing the interest of a young woman with a mysterious past. Then during the Depression, a headstrong girl finds the means to feed her sisters, her cousin, and her stepfather, even as the latter scours the region looking for work to stave off starvation. And in the waning years of the Reagan Era, two lesbian hikers are stalked by a local mountain man. Propelled by prose that is as stylistically stark as the events it depicts, this novel is testament to the enduring mettle of women who find themselves at the crosshairs of history and circumstance.