Carolyn Gan is a writer and producer who has produced events with authors and cultural figures for the Watermark Conference for Women, the New York Public Library, the Rubin Museum of Art, San Francisco’s City Arts & Lectures, and 826LA, among other organizations. She managed the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. She studied creative writing at the University of California, San Diego, with Quincy Troupe, Fanny Howe, and Eileen Myles, and her poetry and short fiction have appeared in various publications. She lives in Los Angeles.
How do we honor the dead? Carolyn Gan reviews Pushcart Prize-winning author Christie Hodgen’s Elegies for the Brokenhearted, which offers a fascinating answer to that question. The novel is comprised of five truly melancholy elegies that are anything but depressing.