Five-year-old Bonanza’s mother tells her to “keep digging” as she buries her dolls, and ultimately herself. The dead poet Robert Lowell reappears as a high school student. Meanwhile, at Butterfly Farm, the protagonist dishes up some unconventional environmental justice. Even the ones who kill with oil spills have a voice in this bizarre primer of the exquisite, the mundane, and the insane.
The stories are raw and dreamlike, breaking time/space reality rules, committing literary misdemeanors, and requiring the reader to not only have an imagination but to be willing to stretch it beyond normal fictional boundaries. Nina Hart goes right to the dark and often taboo topics that haunt us in our sleep and waking life, addressing issues of ecology, education, childhood, play, and animal rights. An important dialogue written with political overtones, the book is intimate, deeply vulnerable, and very funny.
Nina Hart is a writer, performer, and creativity coach trained in the Kaizen Muse method. She recently released her first collection of surreal short fictions called “Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere”. The book has been selected as a Short Stories (Adult Fiction) category finalist in Foreword Reviews’ prestigious 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. Foreword Reviews cited the book as “A brave experiment with fiction and form…”(Amanda McCorquodale) and The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote that: “Hart extends her creative license to its utmost limits.” (Loren Bienvenu).
Nina was also an original member of the experimental dance troupe Contraband, in San Francisco and, playing a purple electric bass, has recorded and performed with numerous bands. Over the past few years, she has developed a unique method of teaching called “Writing from the Top of your Head,” which combines group Creativity Coaching with creative writing. She lives in beautiful Asheville NC.
Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere is now an audio book published by the amazing Talking Book pub, with music composed by Miguel Frasconi! You can listen in here:
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A book that is simply like no other: Nina Hart’s pages are like tumbleweeds on fire, they’re outrageous, marvelous, puzzling-glorious-profound. My wish is for the impact of her rare voice to penetrate the hard shell of this conservative and restrictive moment in American literary culture.Kevin McIlvoy
Lyrical and urgent, tender and off-kilter, Nina Hart’s Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere is a marvel. The imagination and sensibility manifested in her prose poems draws the reader into a world inhabited by a menagerie—of people, of animals, all somehow imperiled yet earnestly moving through the world. By the end of the narrative, a chorus has emerged…strong enough to evoke a Spoon River for the 21st century.Holly Iglesias
Somewhere in a Town You Never Knew Existed Somewhere is a stunning phantasmagoria where words (and stories) crack apart, humans change to animals, poets to children, animals to primal pristine signifiers, countries to swatches of steamy atmosphere and garbage.Katherine Soniat