December 2013 to February 2014
The Fictionaut Blog Writers on Craft interview series at the Fictionaut Blog hosts authors Ming Lauren Holden, Jim Ruland, and Victoria Patterson.
Heather's recent release This Time, While We're Awake is positively reviewed at The Los Angeles Review ("Fowler reminds us that often when 'advancements' are made for some, it is at the expense of others") and selected by artist Kate Protage for interpretation in the Ex Libris, 100 Arists 100 Books exhibition visible late February and early march in Seattle, coinciding with Seattle's hosting of the 2014 AWP Conference.
See Kate's beautiful piece, inspired by TTWWA story "Three-Star Girl," entitled "The Mutability of Memory":
Additionally, a new racy essay is released at Jen Pastiloff's wonderful and highly visible The Manifest-Station Blog called "When the Man Talks to Me about My Lady Parts"--*R-Rated, explicit.
Heather's story "A Good Laugh" will be reprinted in the brand new anthology Night Train: The First Ten Years.
The new book page for ELEGANTLY NAKED IN MY SEXY MENTAL ILLNESS goes live with book description at Queen's Ferry Press:
"Heather Fowler’s fourth collection of fiction speaks the language of need. Desperate, obsessive, even demented need—both emotional and erotic—is voiced by characters ill or ill-advised. From cyber to stalker, illicit, explicit, tender and tedious, the relationships in Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness translate love and lust into disorder. How we hear our own need and the way it sounds to others proves in these enthralling stories an imperfect but utterly captivating conversation, a destructive yet dynamic discourse between well-being and disease, images and words."
August to November 2013
The Fictionaut Writers on Craft interview series at the Fictionaut Blog hosts authors Susan Henderson, Miles Harvey, Meg Tuite and John Lawson.
Two new poems are released as follows:
"On Birds and Papers." narrative (dis)continuities: prose experiments by younger american writers anthology. Moria Books. 2013 (e-book and trade paperback)
"Sonnets on Selecting an Appaloosa." Manifest West Anthology. Western Colorado State University. 2013
A new review for This Time, While We're Awake drops in October at Fantascize, excerpt here:
“There's a genuine kind of pleasure you'd experience in reading a collection of short stories written by an author who masterfully delivers rejuvenating fiction that novels rarely explore. Heather Fowler's avant-garde This Time, While We're Awake, is a perfect representation that transcends its readers to that esoteric ground...From beginning to end, I felt moved by Fowler's eloquent prose of seduction and bittersweet sorrow. The dialogues are beautiful. I never thought I'd be inspired by a whore's instructions:
‘Your hand must be moved as if there is no other path than that for which it extends. Your head must be high, but not so high as to imply arrogance. Your eyes, beneath your veils, must burn with something sacred. Have you nothing sacred? Rage perhaps? Fury? Removal? Nothing is sacred as a promise made to oneself’
This intriguing piece of dialogue also moved me:
'"It's the sorrow," I told her. "You're safer in your sorrow, in your veils, in your hint of rage. You punish people. But what will you become when you leave here?"
"Who knows? A man?"'
The whore is the true star of this book (Perhaps she's the one represented in its cover art?) This story alone, makes the book worth the purchase.”
Drop in and check it out at FANTASCIZE:
Check out the first review for This Time While We're Awake at JMWW's Summer 2013 issue. A short excerpt:
What would happen if our world tipped on its side and everything we thought we knew was no more? No more rivers. No more falling in love. No more freedom. Heather Fowler takes on this question, and many more, in her collection of short stories, This Time, While We're Awake. Each story finds Fowler taking something familiar, such as making love or raising a child, and placing it in a future society, in the extremes that our world has ended up with, where humans are barely surviving. She asks, over and over again, how will we adapt to these new situations? Or will humanity simply peter out until nothing is left?
Also, Heather reads and signs live with Tammy Greenwood and Bonnie ZoBell on 7/18 in San Diego. Drop in here for information.
Enter the GoodReads Giveaway for a free copy of This Time, While We're Awake.
A new in-depth interview is also available at Necessary Fiction, where Heather discusses writing influences, revision strategies, magical realism, the new book and also what's to come.
Listen to an audio excerpt of selected stories from This Time, While We're Awake at TNBBC's The Audio Series.
Check out the new installment of the Writers on Craft series at Fictionaut, featuring poet Amy King.
And visit the new Summer 2013 issue of Corium Magazine, where Heather is the Poetry Editor, here.
This Time, While We're Awake releases in trade paperback and kindle formats.
Heather wins the THE TWIN ANTLERS PRIZE FOR COLLABORATIVE POETRY with a collection entitled Bare Bulbs Swinging, co-written by fantastic poets Michelle Reale and Meg Tuite. Due for release in 2014.
Her new interview series Writers on Craft welcomes Carolyn Turgeon's remarks to the Fictionaut Blog.
AVAILABLE MAY 2014...
from Queen's Ferry Press
A collaborative, illustrated collection--art and appendices by Pablo Vision (UK).
AVAILABLE NOW, from Aqueous Books.
Heather's feminist dystopia collection THIS TIME, WHILE WE'RE AWAKE, out via Aqueous Books.
Heather Fowler's This Time, While We're Awake makes its way from one dystopia to another, climbs them like fences, and the problem is they're barbed wire, so it's torn cloth and shredded flesh the whole way. Hiders, breeders, love drugs and practice babies, muse boxes and zombie picnics: they all serve to showcase Fowler's finely honed sense of what is worth saving, what we can let fall, and how hard we must work to survive our worlds intact.
—Roy Kesey, author of Pacazo, All Over, Nothing in the World, and others
Where Carson McCullers meets Flannery O'Connor for modern times, Heather Fowler updates us with a ‘contemporary macabre’ in such stories as ‘Practice Baby,...’ placing us at the intersection of emotion-meets-Cyborgian-exercise in procreation, with an uncomfortable but compelling momentum, leaving us alert and contemplative of real-world effects for technology's ever-increasing integration with human behavior . ‘Dystopian’ doesn't quite do justice to Fowler's work, as this label implies a pessimism her stories betray; much like the subjects in a Diane Arbus' photograph, through peculiar twists and upsetting, even seedy circumstances, Fowler's protagonists poke and prod her readers to unseat any bias we might unknowingly harbor to build an empathy for those unlike ourselves, as in the turn from annoyance to sympathy for the closeted transgendered salesman hawking difficult objects in ‘Child Silencing Devices.’ In This Time, While We're Awake, the heart lays bare its own dark recesses -- and the ways in which we've attempted to place our dark parts beyond ourselves (‘The Muse Box’). Fowler's prose illustrates the refined sensibility of a poet; these stories move in the peculiar without overbearing, tempt without cliché and ask us to dig deeper into a wired, very human world we call the ‘present’ so that we can act on the future, now.”
--Amy King, author of I Want to Make You Safe, Slaves to do These Things, I’m the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, among other titles.
Heather Fowler writes stories the way I want to them to be written: As part fairytales, part fables, part science fiction, part dreams, and part confessions, all bound together with prose that is simultaneously ornate, simple, and capable of anything.
—Grant Bailie, author of Cloud 8, Mortarville, New Hope for Small Men, and TomorrowLand
Heather Fowler has described herself, perhaps tongue in cheek, as a morbid Alice in Wonderland in the men's room of dystopia. The stories in her new collection, This Time, While We're Awake, are dark, creepy, disturbing, and quietly horrific. "Call It Shelter," describing the paranoid tension in a community tornado shelter, and "Child Silencing Devices," in which a traveling salesman attempts to hawk a new technology to an unimpressed customer, use prosaic details that evoke that master of modern horror, Shirley Jackson. Others employ a violence that is almost indirect, witnessed but not personally experienced, as in "The Hiders," where aliens come periodically to select and kill a single individual while their friends and families hide without watching—except when one decides to watch. These inventive tales sometimes have unexpected humor and often have female protagonists and a feminist tone, presenting entrapment and empowerment as two sides of the same coin. The reader will be surprised and engaged.
—Lyle Blake Smythers, author of Feasting With Panthers
A word from the publisher, Aqueous Books: Fowler's new collection, This Time, While We're Awake, welcomes you to the worlds of egregious dystopias—environments where tornadoes come one after another as neighbors spar, drugged breeders make babies in the near-future for the sterile rich, humans are sacrificed by contract to aliens who protect them, and the government provides zombie murder buses for insurgents while testing middle-class children, in advance, to fill the needs of militants and industry. In this collection, Fowler examines what it means to be fair and humane in the surreal landscapes where the ruling factions are neither of these things. Come and get your Practice Baby, if you'd like to try parenting. Take an injection to experience love without a partner. This collection showcases not only Fowler's trademark heart and humor, but also a darker dimension of commentary similar to Bradbury or The Twilight Zone. Selected stories in this volume have been published internationally and online.
AVAILABLE NOW, from Pink Narcissus Press.
Heather's second magical realism story collection, PEOPLE WITH HOLES, has just been released in trade paperback, Nook, and Kindle formats. All author's proceeds to be donated to Planned Parenthood. Pink Narcissus Press to match author's contribution. A bit about the book from the publisher:
|PEOPLE WITH HOLESStories by Heather FowlerHailed as “magic realism at its finest,” Fowler’s writing reveals the small but essential truths that motivate sex and relationships. Whether in museums of solitude, in airports of dreams, or at the circus, these stories are bound together by transformation, anthropomorphism, and ultimately by love’s inevitable consequences. Fowler’s unique vision is thought-provoking, with a touch of feminist sensibility, and shot through with quirky and laugh-out-loud humor.|
AVAILABLE NOW, from Aqueous Books:
In an explosion of love’s metaphors, Fowler’s debut collection of stories, SUSPENDED HEART, takes on American fabulism with a cast of unexpected heroines in the narratives of life and loss—women whose hearts fall out at public malls, women whose bodies bloom with changing seasons, women who sprout blades or have multiple eyes, sleep as snakes, or birth saints like lapis lazuli babies. Where there is struggle and sadness, there is also humor: Fowler’s fictive voice has been compared to both Franz Kafka and Donald Barthelme. There’s a fearlessness to this prose, a melody of life and magic and loss. Selected stories in this volume have been published online and in Australia. Partial author’s proceeds to be donated to the San Diego Family Justice Center.