Southeast Welcomes ‘Master of the Fairy Tale’ as Nilsen Visiting Writer


Kate Bernheimer

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 1, 2015 — Kate Bernheimer, called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale, will present a lecture and reading Sept. 15 as the Fall 2015 Nilsen Endowment Visiting Writer at Southeast Missouri State University.

Bernheimer’s presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Bernheimer is the author of a novel trilogy and the story collections “Horse,” “Flower,” “Bird” and “How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales,” and the editor of four anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning and bestselling “My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales” and the World Fantasy Award nominee “xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths.”

“Fairy tales are so much about isolated underdogs searching for home; as a very shy kid, I felt most at home inside books and inside stories,” Bernheimer says about her interests in the fairy tale genre. “It happened that many of the books available to me in the public library were magical books. . . . Fairy tales gave me new confidence, not so much in my abilities but in the way that I saw the world—broken and magical at the very same time.”

Bernheimer is an associate professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she teaches fairy tales and creative writing. She is also founder and editor of the journal, “Fairy Tale Review,” and the author of an acclaimed book for children, “The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum,” chosen as a best picture book of the year by Publishers Weekly in 2008. Her most recent book for children is “The Lonely Book,” illustrated by Chris Sheban and an “Best Books of the Month” selection for May 2012.