With dark humor, the recurring characters in Roberta Allen's stories see themselves and others through distorting mirrors. The pain of never quite connecting is thrown into shadow as they go about their everyday lives and try to recapture their youth.

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Language has been the focus of Roberta Allen's literary/innovative fiction and the inspiration for most of her conceptual art for many years. Her conceptual art, exhibited internationally, is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections.

A Tennessee Williams Fellow in Fiction and a Yaddo Fellow, she is a short story writer, novelist and memoirist, with nine published books. She has taught at Columbia University, and for eighteen years at The New School.

More information can be found at www.robertaallen.com