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MELISSA MATTHEWSON reads from her debut memoir TRACING THE DESIRE LINE with MATHIEU CAILLER

Tracing the Desire Line (Split Lip Press)

Tracing the Desire Line follows a writer's journey of opening her marriage with her husband. The story—told through short memoirs, essays, lists, letters, and hybrid prose poems—is an intimate inquiry into one woman’s search for autonomy with detours into meditations on
music, motherhood, religion, love, and wildness.

Praise for Tracing the Desire Line:

“A gripping and lyrical look at marriage, motherhood, and desire. This memoir-in-essays unearths Matthewson’s stirrings, endeavors, and adventures beyond wife and mother to reveal the woman she hopes to be: free. Matthewson’s prose pulls like the current of an easy river, and the yearnings she reveals burn like whiskey at dusk. With echoes of Anne Carson’s “The Glass Essay” and Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Matthewson presents a woman, a writer, a mother, and a lover unafraid to chase the storm. For anyone whose wanting
has always been too much, this is the book for you.” —Jill Talbot, The Way We Weren’t: A Memoir

“In Tracing the Desire Line, Melissa Matthewson creates an achingly honest and raw portrait of a woman and a marriage traveling through a difficult season of growth and change. This beautiful memoir, smart and open and gorgeously written, marks the debut of an important literary voice.” —Cari Luna, author of The Revolution of Every Day

Melissa Matthewson’s essays have appeared in Guernica, DIAGRAM, American Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Bellingham Review, River Teeth, and The Rumpus among other publications. She has been awarded an AWP Intro Journals award in creative nonfiction as well as residencies and scholarships to PLAYA, Art Smith, Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’Conference, and Tin House. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Montana, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches at Southern Oregon University.

Mathieu Cailler is an award-winning author, whose poetry and prose have been widely featured in numerous national and international publications, including the Los Angeles Times and The Saturday Evening Post. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he is the winner of a Short Story America Prize and a Shakespeare Award. He is the author of the short-story collection, Loss Angeles (Short Story America Press), which has been honored by the Hollywood, New York, London, Paris, Best Book, and International Book Awards; the poetry collection, May I Have This Dance? (About Editions), winner of the 2017 New England Book Festival Poetry Prize; and the children’s book, The (Underappreciated) Life of Humphrey Hawley (About Editions), which has been nominated for the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Award, among other notable prizes.

Event date: 
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tracing the Desire Line: A Memoir in Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781076136138
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Published: Independently Published - September 3rd, 2019