“Story,” by Mary Hope Whitehead Lee, from the anthology Chick Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, published by FC2 in 1995. Read by Mia Ellis. In the second part of the program, Mary Hope is joined by Marream Krollos. In addition to “Story,” they discuss Mary Hope’s poetry and collage volume Nuclear Waste, published by F*%K IF I KNOW//BOOKS in 2019.

Mary Hope Whitehead Lee lives on settler-occupied land in that region of the Sonoran Desert known as Phoenix, Arizona. She is an active member of the Cardboard House Press Cartonera Collective. Three of her Frida Kahlo poems won a grand prize and two first prizes from the 1998 Dancing Poetry contest; the grand-prize poem was choreographed and performed at the Dancing Poetry Festival on October 3, 1998, at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Her poetry, short fiction, and reviews have appeared in This Bridge Called My Back, Callaloo, Essence Magazine, Language in Society, The Journal of Creole Studies, Feminist Studies, and the inaugural edition of Little Somethings Press.

Marream Krollos is the author of Big City, and a member of the FC2 Editorial Board. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and has since lived in Los Angeles, New York, Seville, Seoul, Christchurch, and Riyadh. She received her PhD from the University of Denver. She previously lived in Jeddah where she taught one of the very few creative writing classes in the kingdom.

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