by Brittany Cavallaro

Pages: 76

Size: 6 x 9

Editor’s Choice

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The poems in Brittany Cavallaro’s Girl-King are whispered from behind a series of masks, those of victim and aggressor, nineteenth-century madame and reluctant magician’s girl, of truck-stop Persephone and frustrated Tudor scholar. This “expanse of girls, expanding still” chase each other through history, disappearing in an Illinois cornfield only to re-emerge on the dissection table of a Scottish artist-anatomist. But these poems are not just interested in historical narrative: they peer, too, at the past’s marginalia, at its “blank pages” as well as its “scrawls and dashes.” Always, they return to “the dark, indelicate question” of power and sexuality, of who can rule the “city where no one is from.” These girls search for the connection between “alive and will stay that way,” between each dying star and the emptiness that can collapse everything.

About the author

Brittany Cavallaro is the author of Girl-King, which was an Editor’s Choice for the Akron Poetry Prize and was published by University of Akron Press in 2015, as well as the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes series for young adults. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Southern Review, and Tin House, among other journals. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She is an instructor of creative writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Other books by Brittany Cavallaro


“Staging a Bloody Coup in Your Fairytale” – interview in Interlochen Review
Review in Barn Owl Review
Interview in 32poems

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Akron Series in Poetry


Brittany Cavallaro


poetry; Burke and Hare murders; Edinburgh; victims; perpetrators; adolescence; history;

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