Meet Kat Gardiner and Singer/Songwriter Bartees Strange
- May 22, 2019
The author of Little Wonder comes to DC on Fri., May 24th, from 5-7PM!
Please join us for a reading and signing of Kat Gardiner’s intimate, intricate work of microfiction Little Wonder. The reading will also feature live acoustic musical performances by local singer/songwriter Bartees Strange
Born in Oklahoma, raised in the Pacific Northwest, and based in Detroit, Kat Gardiner carries a restlessness through her writing that's been honed by a lifelong search for roots. Her debut collection of short fiction, Little Wonder, springs from the year Gardiner spent in Anacortes, Washington, during her early twenties. Young and idealistic, she opened a coffee shop and music venue with her husband in the hopes of finding a home in the city's artistic community. The experiment lasted exactly one year. Gardiner closed the coffee shop and moved away from Anacortes, ending a stressful and dreamlike chapter in her life.
Gardiner studied creative writing at Bennington College in Vermont, and later took workshops with Tom Spanbauer, the creator of the technique known as Dangerous Writing, in Portland, Oregon. In developing her craft, she found herself drawn to microfiction, citing Lydia Davis and Richard Brautigan as touchstones. "There's something powerful in succinct details," Gardiner says. Writing in short, interconnected fragments enabled her to revisit the year spent in Anacortes with a new sense of perspective. Little Wonder reads like a series of love notes to a former self, or a collection of Polaroids made golden with age.
At Loyalty Bookstore, 827 Upshur St., NW, Washington, DC. Click here for info.