Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Suzanne Strempek Shea
Forest Circus is a collection of short fiction patterned by people relating with their landscapes (as in: places to which people belong), and by a geography of North America’s less-populated interior. These places are all in or near public lands, places where many different kinds of values reside and interact. The author explores various ways fiction can help re-wild modern civilization, help individuals re-connect with the “other” in recognition of our common ecological interdependencies. ‘Others’ can mean people from different places or perspectives, such as an old Wyoming logger or a young African refugee. Other-than-human realities of plants and rivers, horses and windigos also connect with readers in these stories. Re-wilding can be a movement away from the many separations that threaten to eliminate the future. Claiming connections can demonstrate possibilities toward a resurgence of the larger, ancient, humanity of humankind.
Woods, Sidney, "Forest Circus: Short Stories" (2019). Stonecoast MFA. 71.
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