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By Renee Gladman
Publication Date: September 6, 2016

ISBN# 9781940696270 (5.5x8 144pp, paperback)
ISBN# 9781940696287 (limited edition hardcover)

  • A collection of linked essays concerned with the life and mind of the writer by one of the most original voices in contemporary literature. Each essay takes a day as its point of inquiry, observing the body as it moves through time, architecture, and space, gradually demanding a new logic and level of consciousness from the narrator and reader.

  • Gladman pushes up against the boundaries of narrative while nestling comfortably within it. Her prose is vivid, meandering, and acute…The book is a welcome addition to the tradition of experimental literature exploring the boundaries of genre, identity, and artistic expression.
    Publishers Weekly

    Renee Gladman’s fiction defies easy categorization […] Here, Gladman turns her eye to the essay, focusing on questions of bodies and time.
    Vol. 1 Brooklyn

    Renee Gladman is one of the great hybridizers of contemporary letters. Calamities draws us into its own looking-glass world of language and time, the spaces of life happening and not happening all at once, and Gladman balances everything gracefully atop her sparse, nearly ambient prose. So rarely can syntax catch the heart off guard.  
    Jarrod Annis, Literary Hub


  • Born in Atlanta, GA, in 1971, Renee Gladman studied Philosophy at Vassar College and Poetics at New College of California. In addition to Calamities (Wave Books, September 2016), she is the author of eight works of prose, including the Ravicka novels Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013), as well as a book of poetry, A Picture-Feeling. Her most recent work of fiction Morelia is forthcoming in 2016. A longtime publisher and bookmaker, her projects include Clamour (1996-1999), Leroy Chapbook series (1999-2003), and Leon Works (since 2005). She is the recipient of a 2014-2015 fellowship from The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a 2016 grant to artists from Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She lives in New England with poet-ceramicist, Danielle Vogel.


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