author of Spain
"Here we are, in Spain." Caren Beilin's travelogue lays out a new path for the genre. Spain is sly cultural criticism (Blanchot to The Shining), feminist wink, post-breakup corrective, and portrait of the artist as a young mansplained woman. Our narrator finds herself, skeptically, at an artist residency in Spain, rendering her life into vivid fragments that pop and sting. With acerbic flair, Beilin swings an axe into the stuff of memoir. "I don't care to dine with anyone," she proclaims. Reader, pull up a chair.
"Caren Beilin's Spain is like a Hostel-ization of Ben Lerner's Leaving the Atocha Station. Beilin's protagonist isn't in Spain on a Fulbright. Rather, she's paying her own way at a dubious artist residency with the proceeds of a defunct relationship with an older, wealthy man. Spain is a fantastic, poetic and realistic account of travel in a post-travel world." — Chris Kraus
Caren Beilin grew up in Germantown, Philadelphia. She is the author of Spain (Rescue Press, 2018); the novel, The University of Pennsylvania (Noemi Press, 2014), which in its various forms, has been the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a finalist in Fence's Modern Prose Prize, and winner of Noemi Press's Book Award for Fiction; and a collection of short fictions, Americans, Guests, or Us (New Michigan Press, 2012). She is a reviews editor at Full Stop Magazine and teaches at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the Berkshires.