Thursday, February 13, 2014

Artist Sally Deskins' and Poet Laura Madeline Wiseman's Intimate Apparel

Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2014) combines body art and illustrations by Sally Deskins with Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poetry. This 38-page book explores notions of the bra and its place near the hearts of women, while contemplating literary and pop cultural allusions and illusions of such intimate apparel. Deskins' art has been exhibited in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago and published in Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, Her Kind, Vagina, CLAP, and Whitefish Review among other venues. She has curated solo and group exhibitions, readings and performances centered on women’s perspective and the body. Her writing has been published internationally. She edits the online journal Les Femmes Folles and has published three anthologies of art and writing.

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013), Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012) as well as two letterpress books and eight chapbooks. She edited Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her book American Galactic is forthcoming from Martin Lit Books. Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, the Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship, and her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, and Feminist Studies. Currently, she is a writer-in-residence at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Illinois.