Dorothy Parker's Elbow

Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos


By Kim Addonizio

By Cheryl Dumesnil

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In the bestselling tradition of Drinking, Smoking, and Screwing: Great Writers on Great Times comes a hip collection of classic and contemporary stories, essays, and poems about tattoos.

Previously considered the domain of bikers and a rite of passage in the army, tattoos have crawled out of society’s fringes and onto the ankles of starlets and the biceps of bankers. While still risque enough to raise a mother-in-law’s eyebrow, tattoos have come to be one of the most popular forms of personal expression. DOROTHY PARKER’S ELBOW brings together some of the most erotic, humorous, and vivid fiction, essays, and poetry that explore the mysterious fascination and the intensity of emotion attached to the act of being tattooed. Readers will join great writers, including Flannery O’Connor, Rick Moody, Elizabeth McCracken, Sylvia Plath, and more in celebrating the tattoo experience in all of its rebellious glory.


On Sale
Oct 31, 2009
Page Count
288 pages

Kim Addonizio

About the Author

Kim Addonizio is the author of five books. Her most recent collection of poetry, Tell Me (Boa Editions, 2000), was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her awards include two NEA Fellowships and a Puchcart Prize.

Cheryl Dumesnil is a graduate of Syracuse University’s M.F.A. program. Her poems have appeared in Bakunin and Calyx, among other notable literary magazines.

Kim Addonizio and Cheryl Dumesnil both reside in California.

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Cheryl Dumesnil

About the Author

A poet, essayist, editor, and writing instructor, Cheryl Dumesnil earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies at Syracuse University. Her writing has appeared in Bakunin, Barrow Street, Calyx, Louisville Review, Many Mountains Moving, and Nimrod among other literary magazines. From 1994-2001, Cheryl Dumesnil taught essay and poetry writing at Syracuse University, Santa Clara University, College of Notre Dame, and Foothill College. Currently she teaches private writing workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives in Walnut Creek, CA.

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