What Is Visible (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)
What Is Visible is a debut novel about Laura Bridgman, a woman who lost her senses of hearing, sight, taste, and smell as a child, and became world-renowned decades before Helen Keller. Left with only her sense of touch, she was taken in by Dr. Samuel Howe at the Perkins School for the Blind. She was trained there to the point that she became, in the latter half of the nineteenth century, the second most famous woman in the world after Queen Victoria. Dr. Howe exhibited her far and wide to raise money for the school and to show off his great "professional" talents; world-famous figures came to see her and befriended her.
This novel tells her story from Bridgman's very closed but intense perspective, and the points of view of Dr. Howe and several devoted teachers.
About the Author
Kimberly Elkins' fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Best New American Voices, The Iowa Review, The Village Voice, Maisonneuve, Glamour, Prevention and McGraw-Hill's college textbook Arguing Through Literature, among others. She was a finalist for the 2004 National Magazine Award and has received fellowships from the Edward Albee and William Randolph Hearst foundations, the SLS fellowship in Nonfiction to St. Petersburg, Russia, the St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award, and a joint research fellowship from the Houghton Library at Harvard, the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe, and the Massachusetts Historical Society for research on her novel. Residencies include the Millay Colony and Blue Mountain Center, and she was also the 2009 Kerouac Writer in Residence. Kimberly has had five plays produced Off-Off Broadway and been the wiinner of a New York Moth Slam and the Boston Book Festival Writer Idol. She has taught at Florida State University and Boston University, and is currently a Visiting Lecturer and Advisor for the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Hong Kong, the first MFA in Asia. Previous jobs include Executive Assistant to Harvey Weinstein at Miramax, and Assistant to Elia Kazan at the Actors' Studio Playwrights' Unit. She has a BA from Duke University, an MA in Creative Writing from Florida State, and an MFA in Fiction from Boston University. Kimberly currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.