On August 18, 2014, Bard College at Simon's Rock hosted its Book One Lecture, featuring Lysley Tenorio, the award-winning author of short story collection Monstress. Watch Mr. Tenorio's inspiring and entertaining speech to the early college students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the public from the town of Great Barrington and beyond.

"jittery, caffeinated, dazzling... poignant" -- Katy Waldman, Slate, on Monstress

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About Lysley Tenorio

Lysley Tenorio’s stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A Whiting Writer’s Award winner and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he has received fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, Lysley currently lives in San Francisco, and is an associate professor at Saint Mary’s College of California. 

About Monstress: Stories

Monstress is a collection of stories by Lysley Tenorio. In "Monstress," Filipina actress Reva Gogo and her B-movie director boyfriend go to Los Angeles hoping that an American director can help them be successful. In "Help," a man recruits his nephew to fight the Beatles for being rude to Imelda Marcos. In "Superassassin," an isolated boy writes a biographical report on the Green Lantern and practices being a super-powered avenger with disastrous results. In "Felix Starro," the grandson of a famous Filipino faith healer plans his escape from the family business. In "The Brothers," a man buries his transgendered sister with the help of her friend and remembers the brother he lost. In "The View From Culion," a young woman raised in a leper colony strikes up a tentative friendship with a US Navy officer afflicted with the disease. In "Save the I-Hotel," an elderly man tries to manage his homosexual desire for his oldest friend.

Select Reviews:

“Tenorio… has taken a uniquely Filipino-American perspective, polyglot and glittering with cinema dreams, and used it to make a bold collection of stories of the rejected, the helpless and the lost. Montress is the debut of a singular talent.” -- NPR

“Refreshingly off-kilter… impeccably constructed, leading us calmly but insistently through the characters’ external and internal landscapes.” -- The New York Times

“Monstress does what all the best art does: it reveals the nuanced depths of people [that] one might otherwise overlook or casually judge and dismiss. And it does this without [being] polemic [and without] the tiresome earnestness some writers succumb to when doing or attempting to do the same thing. There is as much humor in Monstress as there is material for a good cry.” -- The Huffington Post

“Tenorio’s characters are zany, witty, and beautifully drawn... it is the unassuming pitch of these stories that makes [Monstress] so exquisitely deadly." -- Slate

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