Marilyn Abildskov, MFA Creative Nonfiction Professor, Published in Green Mountains Review and Ploughshares

Marilyn Abildskov has a new publication, “Ornithology,” in the summer 2021 issue of Green Mountains Review as well as “Tall Man in Tokyo,” published in the upcoming 50th Anniversary/Summer 2021 Issue of Ploughshares.


Read an excerpt from Marilyn’s recent publication, “Tall Man in Tokyo,” in Ploughshares:


        The architect talked about how good he felt, a full belly of ramen, a new girl by his side, a city beckoning to explore. It irritated me that he called me a girl. It irritated me that he assumed we’d spend the day together. It irritated me that we walked aimlessly now though it's true I had no particular destination fixed in mind. 

        Did I expect him to share his expertise? To reveal something of the design and construction of buildings? To speak of equations and blueprints? Did I long to see the city through an architect’s eyes? Did I think if he was going to talk non-stop, I should learn something in the process? I'd read books on the city. I knew that nearby were interesting sights. A building that looked like a stack of washing machines. A museum made of triangular shards. A temple of black granite, crowned by gold. A cathedral wrought of stainless steel.



Marilyn Abildskov is the author of The Men in My Country. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and honors from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Djerassi Writing Residency, and the Utah Arts Council. Her essays and short stories have been published widely, most recently in Ploughshares, Sewanee Review, Crazyhorse, Southern Review, and Best American Essays. She is a Professor of English and holds the 2021-22 Olivia Filippi Chair in Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College of California.



Date of Mention: 
Wednesday, July 14, 2021