Jenny Bitner

Jenny Bitner’s fiction has been published in Mississippi Review, The Sun, Fence, Corium and PANK. Her story “The Pamphleteer” was selected by Dave Eggers for Best American Nonrequired Reading and incorporated into an opera by The Paul Bailey Ensemble. Her nonfiction has appeared in Utne Reader, To-Do List, The San Francisco Bay Guardian and Men’s Health. She organized Irrational Exuberance, a cross-genre series combining music, visual art, writing, performance art and lectures, and a literary reading series, The Basement Reading Series. Pine Press published a chapbook of her poetry entitled Mother. She has finished a novel, Here Is a Game We Can Play, and is seeking a publisher. She earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.

Charles Louis Gabriel (1857-1927), medical practitioner and photographer.

The Hospital: A Game for Lovers

By Jenny Bitner / September 26, 2014 / 3 Comments

Jenny Bitner’s latest yarn is a skewed but compassionate fantasy of love and convalescence, and of real life and death. It is a companion to her earlier contribution to The Fabulist, “Hansel & Me”; both are excerpted from her unpublished novel “Here is a Game We Can Play.”

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Hansel & Me

By Jenny Bitner / September 6, 2013 / 2 Comments

Jenny Bitner’s fanciful, feverish “Hansel & Me” finds two step-siblings wandering through a forest known to be the home of a cannibalistic witch. Hungry, cold, abandoned by their sybarite parents, the pair fantasize about food, sex and serial killers — until all their fantasies come to life within a fabulous house made of candy.

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