Iowa City native Susan McCarty will read from her book of short stories, Anatomies. In this daring debut collection, McCarty develops her characters’ lives according to their bodies. Two young men in need of heart transplants compare and challenge their physical limitations. A woman returns to Iowa from New York and binges on the food and relationships she'd left behind. A gigolo discovers he can no longer have traditional sex, and a test prep tutor is forced to admit the life of the mind can't compete with the mysteries between two bodies. In language both captivating and honest, McCarty reveals the ways we use our bodies to confront our hidden selves.
Susan McCarty's work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Utne Reader, The Collagist, Conjunctions, and other journals. She teaches creative writing at Salisbury University on the eastern shore of Maryland.
McCarty “reveals what’s funny is funny, what’s sad is sad, and personal moments that pang are often both … Her snark lingers somewhere between Alice Munro and Amy Schumer — which, again, is also a compliment.” — Esquire