- Posted by Narrative Ink
- On April 12, 2016
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Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over fifty magazines and anthologies both literary and speculative including The Toast, Clarkesworld, PRISM International, Lightspeed, Hobart, and Everyman’s Library’s Monster Verse. She’s had stories reprinted in French and Polish, for numerous podcasts, and on the popular science blog io9. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program and created and curates the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth, Texas. She is active on Twitter (@BonnieJoStuffle) and on her website (www.bonniejostufflebeam.com).
Peter Brewer is the owner and operator of Easy Brew Studio. He holds a BM in Jazz Studies: Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas and an MM in Jazz Studies: Composition/Arranging from the University of Oregon. He has performed with many groups, including the UNT 2 o’clock lab band, Cas Hailey, Amanda Palmer, and Donny McCaslin. His arrangements and original pieces have been performed for the Oregon Jazz Ensemble featuring musicians such as Dan Balmer and Steve Wilson. Peter grew up in Kansas City, MO, with a family of musicians who taught him to appreciate sound.
Strange Monsters is a music and words collaboration of imaginative fiction and poetry set to contemporary jazz. Read by actors, Stufflebeam’s stories unveil a world where the fantastic is familiar. In these six tracks, each set to one of Brewer’s ethereal compositions, women challenge what’s expected of them and find their voices in unexpected places: Rumpelstiltskin’s wife endures police questioning regarding the disappearance of a local boy; a group of deadbeat friends in love with the same woman encounter the skeletons of various extinct animals on a doomed camping trip; and a cursed ballerina longs to do nothing but dance while forced to contend with two men: her obsessed fan and the jealous director of the ballet company. Brewer wrote each musical composition to accompany each story; these layered pieces utilize a blend of traditional small-group jazz with clarinet, bass clarinet, flugelhorn, and unique sounds created by silverware, various shakers, and even Stufflebeam and Brewer’s cat.