Pigtail Duty is in the world!


My chapbook Pigtail Duty is now available from dancing girl press! This project began over 8 years ago as an attempt to piece together identity as a feminist suddenly married and mothering. In relearning to define myself, I incorporated found language from my autobiographical dictionary – a source text I’ve compiled of words new to me discovered through reading. Identity being a continuous state of becoming, the work evolves as the dictionary does.

I am so grateful to Kristy Bowen & dancing girl press for providing a loving home for Pigtail Duty. It was also very fitting to receive galleys this past Mother’s Day – what an extraordinary gift & opportunity to revisit the many shards I’ve since accumulated and shed from my prism map.

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Melissa Eleftherion is a writer, a librarian, and a visual artist. She is the author of field guide to autobiography (The Operating System, 2018), & nine chapbooks, including the forthcoming trauma suture (above/ground press, 2020). Born & raised in Brooklyn, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she manages the Ukiah Library, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series. Recent work is available at www.apoetlibrarian.wordpress.com.

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