" Is it imagination, or is it reality? There are no easy answers. For hundreds of years women have used the fantastic in their work as a way of being able to explore and describe conditions in their l
"Exploring the boundaries that exist between what is in the mind and what is real . . .
Is it imagination, or is it reality? There are no easy answers. For hundreds of years women have used the fantastic in their work as a way of being able to explore and describe conditions in their lives that were suppressed by polite society. These stories became political and psychological subversions of the existing status quo. The stories and poems in this collection carry on that tradition using the juxtaposition of the fantastic and the real to create a sense of entering a place where things happen on many levels at once, in both the conscious and the subconscious mind.
These writings traverse the boundaries between what is born out of repression and societal restraints and what is the reality of the situations the women find themselves in. Whether it is the imagination of the women that has created the worlds they inhabit, or whether the worlds they inhabit truly exist is for the reader to decide."
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Halli Villegas is the author of three collections of poetry, Red Promises, In the Silence Absence Makes, and The Human Cannonball, and several anthology pieces. Her poetry and prose have appeared in places such as the LRC, Exile, Kiss Machine, Pagitica, Variety Crossings, and The Windsor Review, and her book, The Hair Wreath and Other Stories, was published by ChiZine in 2010. Halli has received funding for her writing from the OAC Works in Progress in 2006, the TAC mid-level writers in 2007 and 2009, and the OAC Works in Progress in 2009. Her next collection, A Halo of Flies, will be out from CZP in late 2020.