B J Atwood-Fukuda will read from her recent work at the Woods Hole Public Library on Monday, August 7, at 6:30 PM. This will be her tenth reading at the Library, featuring an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, Beautiful, which was just named a winner in the online Novel Slices contest. B J’s work appears in, among other places, the anthologies Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present and Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books. Her novella, Nice Piano, came out in two parts in issues 15 and 16 (Fall 2021, Spring 2022) of Witty Partition, now Cable Street (cablestreet.org). B J lives and works in Spuyten Duyvil (Bronx), NY and Woods Hole.
B J grew up summers with her family in Woods Hole, where her father did research at the MBL and she attended Science School. She recalls, as a young child, spending hours at the WHPL on rainy afternoons, and on evenings when it was open late. “We’d all go down there after dinner—this was a special treat. I found it thrilling to be let loose in front of all those shelves filled with books I didn’t yet know, whole worlds waiting to be explored. I loved the way the pages smelled, the various fonts and how they looked on the page; the titles and how they evoked, or obscured, what lay inside. Illustrations? Sometimes they complemented the words, sometimes they just got in the way of my imagination! The library was a place of enchantment—a treasure-house—where, for a few hours, I could lose myself completely.”