Alison Luterman has written three books of poetry, The Largest Possible Life (which won the Cleveland State University Poetry Prize), See How We Almost Fly (which won the Pearl Poetry Prize), and Desire Zoo. Luterman’s personal essays have appeared in Salon, the Sun magazine, the L.A. Review, and the New York Times’ Modern Love section. She has written half a dozen plays, including a musical about kidney transplantation. Saying Kaddish with My Sister, her first full-length play, was produced in 2008 by the Jewish Ensemble Theater of West Bloomfield, Michigan. Luterman has been an adjunct instructor in the Writing and Consciousness MFA program at New College and has taught poetry and memoir at Holy Names College in Oakland, the Writing Salon in Berkeley, and the Esalen and Omega Institutes. Check out Alisonluterman.com for more information.
In Feral City, poet and essayist Alison Luterman combines her talents to explore a topic near and dear to her heart: love partnerships. These five chapters explore her own experience going through an early and exciting marriage, divorcing, spending many years alone, and then opening up to a new partner and marrying again at age 50. The stories are set in Luterman’s funky Oakland, California, neighborhood, and tackle the tough and tender issues of relationships, from fighting to making up to figuring out whose turn it is to feed the abandoned kittens in the basement. An entertaining collection, full of honesty, empathy, and humor.