Fleet-footed and capricious, the essays in Glass, Light, Electricity wander through landscapes both familiar and unfamiliar, finding them equal parts magical and toxic. They explore and merge public and private history through lyric meditations that use research, association, and metaphor to examine subjects as diverse as neon signs, scalping, heartbreak, and seizures. The winner of the 2019 Permafrost Prize in nonfiction, Shena McAuliffe expands the creative possibilities of form.
Shena McAuliffe is an assistant professor of English at Union College. She is the author of The Good Echo, and her essays have been published in AGNI Online, Copper Nickel, Conjunctions, The Collagist, and Gulf Coast.