In Praise of the Salon: Field Notes for the Aspiring Bluestocking
I witnessed how easily art might braid to politics, how easily fellowship might inspire movement.
Behold the Dreamers act,
The Republic of Letters
faceTotality and Infinity.
Brittany K. Allen is a Brooklyn-based writer, performer and library goblin. Her prose appears or is forthcoming in Catapult, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review Online, and Longreads, among other places, and her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her stage plays have been produced and developed at Portland Center Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and elsewhere.
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