Megan Bayles and Achy Obejas
Winter Fellows, 2010
Megan Bayles is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at the University of California - Davis. Her dissertation analyzes contemporary exhibitions of human medical specimens in three science and medical history museums in the United States. She is interested in the histories of bodies on display, and in the status of bodies as objects in museum collections. Together with Achy Obejas, she edited an anthology of short fiction by immigrants, forthcoming from the Great Books Foundation in early 2014.
Achy Obejas is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ruins, Days of Awe and three other books of fiction. Her poetry chapbook, This is What Happened in Our Other Life was both a critical favorite and a best-seller. She edited and translated, into English, Havana Noir, a collection of crime stories by Cuban writers on and off the island. Her translation, into Spanish, of Junot Díaz’ The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Óscar Wao was a finalist for Spain’s Esther Benítez Translation Prize from the national translator’s association. Her newest translation, Everyone Leaves by Wendy Guerra, made its debut this fall. She is a founding member of the Creative Writing faculty at the University of Chicago, a member of the Editorial Board of In These Times, the editorial advisory board of the Great Books Foundation, and a blogger for WBEZ.org. In the fall, she’ll begin a two-year appointment as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.
For more information on her work and projects visit: www.achyobejas.net.
21/21/Chicago is an anthology of works by twenty one Chicago women writers, musicians and performers under 40, writing about the breadth of the city – from South Chicago to Albany Park, Austin to the lip of the lake – and life as we know it in the 21st Century. The anthology focuses on the written word as foundation – regardless of its format.
The project works to ignite discussion, draw attention to young women as new writers and artists, expand and update the canon of textual production, showcase a wide diversity of women’s voices from the city’s varied cultures, and develop new, broader audiences.
21/21/Chicago contributors include fellow Institute/Goodman Theatre Fellow Tanya Saracho, as well as Jac Jemc, Eiren Caffall, Grace Tran, Cynthia Barounis, Coya Paz, Maureen Searcy and Rachel Claff. The works span poetry, prose, graphics, audio, book arts, comics and video. The anthology will launch as a multimedia e-book in January 2014.