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The March Book Club – KIN S FUR by Margaret Yocom

March 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Hey everyone! We are so excited to announce that our book club pick for March is KIN S FUR by Dr. Margaret Yocom, our mentor and dear friend… who will be joining us for the meeting and reading the whole book LIVE!

This is a book of erasure poetry – using her own translation of the Grimm fairy tale “All Kinds of Fur,” Dr. Yocom weaves a beautiful story behind the story, one of resilience and personal power.

“Open this book and enter a world of danger, transformation, and tactical survival—a multi-layered, multi-voiced telling of ‘Allerleirauh’ / ‘All Kinds Of Fur,’ a Brothers Grimm tale you most likely have not met, a ‘Cinderella’ version with incest. In a new translation, Margaret Yocom first brings us this forgotten tale, stocked, as we’d expect, with kings, rings, beasts, and betrayals. She then, through erasure, lures out of its darkness another voice—the voice of ‘All Kinds Of Fur’ herself, lying hidden within its words. In keeping with traditions of wonder tales, erasure practice poses riddles and embodies paradoxes—adding by subtracting, listening by looking, redrawing the boundaries of author and reader, teller and told. Enter this forest. Voice what you see. Is it sunlight in shadow, or a sudden shadow cutting through light?”—Susan Tichy

“These poems are haunted by what Yocom makes invisible by her erasures; what she makes visible has different bones. The incest in the fairy tale variously translated as ‘All Fur’ or ‘Donkeyskin’ shows through the skin without the ‘s’: kin. I have used these poems in my fairy tale course to introduce students to a tradition whose dark side has been erased, in other ways, by numerous editors and publishers—and which KIN S FUR restores. Are we not all, like these fairy tale beings, humanimals?” – Katharine Young

Our meeting will be on Monday, March 20th at 7PM ET – and Dr. Yocom will be there to read and talk about her book and process! If you want to join us, make sure you’re at a $7+ tier on Patreon for the month of March!

Can’t make it live? The replay will be available right after the meeting takes place!


March 20, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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