Tessa Fontaine’s writing has appeared in “PANK,” “Seneca Review,” “The Rumpus,” “Sideshow World,” and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is working on a PhD in creative writing at the University of Utah. She also eats fire and charms snakes, among other sideshow feats. She lives in South Carolina. “The Electric Woman,” published by Farrar Straus and Giroux in May 2018, is her first book.
News and Reviews:
Burdened daughter joins the circus in ‘The Electric Woman’ (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
‘The Electric Woman,’ Death, and Life in a Circus Sideshow (PopMatters)
When a Stroke Felled Her Mother, This Author Ran Away to the Circus (The New York Times)
Why I ran away to join the circus (The Times)
When Her Mom Got Sick, Tessa Fontaine Actually Ran Away to the Circus (Elle)
Death-defying acts and the dark side of the circus (The Spectator)