All Literature is Gossip

A Keep St Pete Lit Salon with Teresa Carmody
A program Co-Sponsored by UUSP

Thursday, January 31 

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Universalist Unitarian Church on Mirror Lake


Whose ear does not bend to chatter about other people’s sensational intimacies?

The English root of the word ‘gossip’ is “godsibb”, meaning “a person related to one in God,” or “a godparent”. Up until the 1800s, gossip denoted friendship. Gossip is a basic part of human relationships--- and an essential craft tool in literature from oral traditions to classical drama and the epistolary novel.

Come join Teresa Carmody, PhD in Literature and Gossip, for a presentation, experiments and a discussion about private matters.

Teresa Carmody is a writer, editor and publisher.

Her most recent book, Maison Femme: a fiction (2015), is a roman a' clef about two women who run an independent press out of their basement in Los Angeles. Drawing on the structure of their shared house Carmody explores the border between writing and publishing, private and public, memory and the archive. Teresa is also the author of Requiem (2005), a micro-collection of short stories lauded by the American Book Review as "darkly poignant". 


Teresa is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press, an award-winning nonprofit publisher of innovative poetry, prose and translation, and regularly presents talks and publishing workshops. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Millay Colony and has taught literature and creative writing at California Institute of the Arts and University of California-San Diego. She currently works as assistant Professor and Director of the MFA of the Americas at Stetson University in Winter Park, Florida.

Posted on January 10, 2019, at 11:48pm