Marilyn Stablein is a wonderful writer who knows a vermin when she sees--or meets--one. If I were a Texan I'd say, 'Read her book rat now!'
"Lice, leeches, roaches, and rats, what people call "vermin" are fascinating cultures with vivid life styles. Marilyn Stablein, their chronicler, is a non-judgmental and generous writer who watches these nonhumans with serene detachment, humor and uncanny empathy...Stablein reports in elegant prose the lives of creatures we usually crunch, tear, ignore or recoil from, and in so doing, she writes also the marvelous adventures of two contemporary traveling monks. Andrei Codrescu
"I was so moved by Splitting Hard Ground, so simple, direct, understated, poignant, and so readable, accessible."
Marilyn is an award-winning poet, essayist, fiction writer and mixed media artist whose sculptural artist’s books, altered books and performance art concern visual narrative, travelog and memoir.
Her books include:
Vermin: A Traveler's Bestiary
Houseboat on the Ganges & A Room in Kathmandu
Night Travels to Tibet
Sleeping in Caves
Climate of Extremes: Landscape & Imagination
Splitting Hard Ground
Bind, Alter Fold: Artist Books
Her collages, assemblages and artist books are in private and public collections including: SUNY Buffalo, Yale University Beinecke Library, Brown University Library, The British Library, University of Washington Suzallo & Allen Libraries Special Collections, UC San Diego Special Collections, and the University of Edmonton.
Marilyn is an award-winning poet, essayist, fiction writer and artist. She is the author of thirteen books including: Splitting Hard Ground: Poems (New Mexico Book Award); Bind, Alter, Fold: Artist Books; Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir and a collection of eco-essays, Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination.
Her collages, assemblages and artist books are exhibited internationally and published in books (Lark’s 1000 & 500 Artist Books) and journals including The Bone Folder. She teaches memoir, poetry and artist books.
Her work is in private and public collections including: SUNY Buffalo, Yale University Beinecke Library, Brown University Library, The British Library- St Pancras, University of Washington, Suzallo and Allen Libraries Special Collections, Amherst College Library, UC San Diego Special Collections, and the University of Edmonton.
She lives in Portland, Oregon.