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Tiny is a contemporary, poetic retelling of Sophocles' Antigone, set in the mossy greens and foggy grays of the Pacific Northwest. Instead of two brothers who kill each other in a civil war, Tiny has a brother who kills himself after coming home from a far-away war. Tiny is a teenage girl, and so is understandably messed up by death, she also understands it in a way that her dad and the government just can't. Tiny misses her brother, forever, but--with the help of her best friend Izzy, boyfriend Hank, and a collective dance night held in an old artificial limb store--she escapes freezing herself in grief, too. Using different perspectives and desires, facts from plants and history, and brass knuckles and Frankie Knuckles, Tiny wonders how we mourn and move, in time.
About the Author
Mairead Case is a teacher, writer, and editor in Denver. She publishes widely, and wrote the novels Tiny and See You in the Morning (featherproof) and the poetry chapbook Tenderness (Meekling). Mairead has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Denver. She teaches English full-time to eighth graders, and part-time at the Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the Denver Women's Jail. Mairead is a legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild and volunteers for a community response team supporting queer and trans survivors of violence. Previously she lived in Chicago for a decade, where she worked and wrote for places like Pitchfork and the Poetry Foundation. She is a former birthday party clown.