ABOUT THE BOOK
Let Virtue Be Your Guide examines the author’s family, and their deeply rooted history as early settlers of New England (one ancestor, John Howland, was a deckhand aboard The Mayflower). Unearthing the idea of feminine “virtue” from the confines of its historical meaning, Denny’s photographs of the women in her family have a watchful quality, as if she is defining for herself what it means to be a woman. Her subjects, and the domestic spaces they inhabit, together evoke a distinct and well-worn privilege. But Denny finds the places where seams pull apart, exposing the shifts occurring across generations of women. The resulting collection of images becomes a search for meaning in heritage, a challenge to the notion of legacy, and the artist’s reckoning with a traditional version of American femininity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & WRITER
Frances F. Denny (b. 1984) is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY whose work investigates the development of female selfhood and identity. She holds an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a BA from the Gallatin School at New York University. Her photographs have been exhibited at ClampArt, Aperture, Foley Gallery, and The Griffin Museum of Photography, and at many other venues and institutes of note across the country and abroad. Denny’s work is held in private collections and in the permanent collection of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Let Virtue Be Your Guide has won numerous awards, including Magenta Foundation Flash Forward 2015, LensCulture Emerging Talent 2015, Photolucida 2014 Critical Mass Top 50, and First Prize in Fine Art at the International Photography Awards 2015. Her work has been featured in many publications, including PDN, Lenscratch, ISO, Flak Photo, Ain’t Bad Magazine, Landscape Stories, and A Women’s Thing. Denny’s work is represented by ClampArt (NYC).
Lisa Locascio’s fiction and criticism has appeared in many magazines, including n+1, Bookforum, FiveChapters, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Artbound, and the anthology California Prose Directory. Her work has earned mention in The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, and Arts and Letters Daily, and The Believer. The recipient of fellowships from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the University of Southern California, and New York University, and awards including the 2011 John Steinbeck Prize for Fiction and a 2014 Dorys Grover Award from the Western American Literature Association, Lisa holds two degrees from New York University (BA in Individualized Study, 2007; MFA in Fiction, 2009) and will complete her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California in 2016. She has recently completed a novel, and lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches at the University of Southern California and in the Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary’s University.