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Fiction. LGBTQIA Studies. Microchips that don't know when to stop, pop culture clones poised to take over the planet, a mysterious burial in a popular park, candy cigarettes wreathed in sugary ash. In these interlocked short stories, Elizabeth J. Colen and Carol Guess conjure characters guided by instinct but misguided by technology, longing for intimacy but propelled by desire. Taken together, these stories detail the spectrum of human loss and describe the rise and fall of a fictitious Seattle company governed by unruly appetites, a world of glass windows where privacy comes with a price.
Carol Guess is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including DARLING ENDANGERED, DOLL STUDIES: FORENSICS, and TINDERBOX LAWN. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. Recent BLP titles include WITH ANIMAL, co-written with Kelly Magee, and HUMAN-GHOST HYBRID PROJECT, co-written with Daniela Olszewska. She is Professor of English at Western Washington University.
Elizabeth J. Colen is most recently the author of WHAT WEAPONRY, a novel in prose poems. Other books include poetry collections Money for Sunsets (Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2011) and Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies, flash fiction collection Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake, long poem / lyric essay hybrid THE GREEN CONDITION, and fiction collaboration Your Sick. Nonfiction editor at Tupelo Press and freelance editor/manuscript consultant, she teaches at Western Washington University.