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All Levels | We’ll briefly discuss some of the arguments surrounding the origins and nature of Magical Realism (Latin American, German, or international? Modern, premodern, or postmodern? Is it a genre or a style?) then use creative jumping-off points from the work of Gabriel García Márquez, Aimee Bender, Ryka Aoki, Leslie Marmon Silko, Colson Whitehead, Stacey Levine and others.
Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a 4 time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her work has appeared in Pearl, Hayden’s Ferry, the Bellevue Literary Review and S/tick among other places. She was a comp lit scholar for many years, but then decided she wanted to make creative work, rather than just talk about it. Born in New York City she now lives on Whidbey Island where she writes flash fiction, poetry, and occasional essays and teaches creative writing at community colleges and non-profits. She is the author of a novel The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior (Urban Farmhouse Press in 2015), a poetry collection How Formal? (Spout Hill Press, 2014), and a chapbook, Sex with Buildings (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). She’s working on a new novel about a repentant drug dealer and a new poetry collection about being a city dweller attempting to deal with nature.