The University at Buffalo Exhibit X Fiction and Prose Series will present a reading by Carole Maso at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (at Tupper St.) in Buffalo.
Maso is a leading postmodern essayist and fiction writer best known for her writing in experimental, fragmentary, and hybridized narrative forms.
She is the author of ten books including the novels "Ghost Dance" (1986), “The Art Lover” (1990) , “Ava” (1993) , and “Defiance” (1998), which was originally published by Dutton and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Maso's exploration of variant narrative and non-narrative prose forms is foregrounded in her prose poem collections "Aureole: An Erotic Sequence" (1996) and “Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo” (2002).
Her non-fiction writing includes the essay collection “Break Every Rule: Essays on Language, Longing, and Moments of Desire" (2000), and the memoir “The Room Lit by Roses: A Journal of Pregnancy and Birth” (2002).
About her work, Maso has written:
"Often I have had to resort to a form of my own making, exploring various literary, musical, philosophical and visual modes in order to get close to what my subject and my world require. Because the shapes I make are often not the conventional ones, I am sometimes dismissed by the mainstream. I believe my books, darkly imagined, deeply emotional, are no less accessible than others, and require only a certain faith and willingness to surrender in order to be entered. My desire is to create spacious fields of narration in which the reader might feel alive and vibrant and possible and free...
She is Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University, and the winner of numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Grant, the Pushcart Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction.
Maso's novel “Mother & Child” will be published this spring by Counterpoint Press. Another forthcoming book, "The Bay of Angels"--which she also describes as a novel--incorporates various narrative types—essay, memoir, prose poems, and graphics—representing nearly 15 years of her recent work. Parts of "The Bay of Angels" have appeared in several leading journals and anthologies over the past decade.