VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?
FOWLER: It’s now a tie–either A. Watching an indie bookstore owner in rural Oklahoma stroke the soft skin of her tortoise’s neck while a greyhound also looked on as I read from my new story collection Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness--or B. That one time I scared away an entire troop of Girl Scouts by reading dark, mildly erotic fairy tale poems on a public stage. Then again, it could have been watching a poet get naked on stage in New York.
Heather Fowler is the author of short story collections Elegantly Naked In My Sexy Mental Illness, This Time, While We’re Awake, People with Holes, and Suspended Heart, as well as a collaborative poetry collection entitled Bare Bulbs Swinging, written with Meg Tuite and Michelle Reale.
Come see Heather read at MCASD in downtown San Diego on Friday, February 6 at 12pm.