Fiction at Literati: Garnett Kilberg Cohen & Cathy Mellett

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 - 6:30pm

We welcome Garnett Kilberg Cohen in support of her short fiction collection Cravings. She'll be joined in conversation by Cathy Mellett.

About the book: Opening with "Hors d'oeuvres" and closing with a "Feast," the stories in Cravings pulse with longing, missed opportunities, recriminations, and joy. Garnett Kilberg Cohen leads readers through acutely crafted explorations of the way events shape and change our lives, sometimes for the better and sometimes in ways that haunt us forever. Love, friendship, childhood, parenthood, and leaving home--all these experiences of desire, driven by the unrelenting passage of time--form the heart of this charismatic collection.

Kilberg Cohen's captivating and vulnerable characters often recognize their shortcomings and past mistakes, but cannot always rise above them. One woman learns to forgive her husband's ex; another fears her love of salty snacks caused a family tragedy. A stoic rural community drives a newcomer out of town; a young man's entire life is colored by a traumatic childhood event at a zoo. Focusing on the specific, unforgettable moments that reveal our connections to one another, Cravings offers an expansive vision of humanity that lingers long after the final page is turned.

Garnett Kilberg Cohen is the author of three story collections: Lost Women, Banished Souls; How We Move the Air; and Swarm to Glory. She has taught creative writing at Columbia College Chicago for more than twenty-five years.

Cathy Mellett is an artist and writer whose stories have appeared in The Rumpus, The Yale Review, The Literary Review, Confrontation, and elsewhere. Chapters of her memoir-in-progress have appeared in The Michigan Quarterly Review, Ohio State’s The Journal, Southwest Review, and Midwestern Gothic. She has received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, a Humor Award from the Indiana University Writers Conference, and fellowships at Yaddo, Ragdale, and Villa Montalvo. To read more of her writing, go to Her art may be viewed at
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Cravings By Garnett Kilberg Cohen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299345242
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - October 31st, 2023