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Jessie Ulmer - IN PERSON

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Sat, 10/15/2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Do you love fairy tale retellings? We sure do! Don't miss this event by a talented local author!

We are still hosting our in-person events at a limited capacity so we recommend pre-registering on Eventbrite to reserve your seat.


Bewildered is Jessie Ulmer’s collection of Hansel & Gretel reimaginings. These prose and poetry pieces explore the different ways in which people experience, remember, and process trauma, as well as the different ways fairy tales themselves are retold and recycled, with Maria Tatar’s early translation of Hansel & Gretel as a backdrop.

“This book burns, aches, pierces, and its winding paths—rather than obscuring the grim truths behind the classic Hansel and Gretel story—reveal those truths more clearly. In searing and beautiful language, Ulmer unpacks and continues the well-known fairy tale, offering new ways to understand what it means to survive one's own story.” --Kelly Magee, author The Neighborhood

“Ulmer knows that in fairy tales language and magic are one and the same, words conjure the world and shape it. Through constantly shifting iterations of Hansel and Gretel, Bewildered takes the reader into the beating bloody heart of what it means to be human, reminding us that we are always at once both lost and found.”--Jennifer Pullen, author A Bead of Amber on Her Tongue

Jessie Ulmer is a queer writer and editor, an identical twin, and a swan by birth. She uses aspects of speculative fiction to explore themes of ability, physical and mental illness, gender, sexuality, and the intersections of identity within her work. Jessie delights in editing for Sword & Kettle Press, a tiny, independent publishing house that focuses on inclusive feminist fairy tales and speculative fiction. 

*Online registration closes one hour prior to the event. Seats may be available at the door.