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Vagrants & Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra Greene

Vagrants & Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra Greene

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Vagrants & Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra Greene

Made in a limited edition of 100 letterpress printed covers.

Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors traces the origins, impact, and significance of a bird collection turned museum on the shores of Iceland’s Lake Mývatn. The lake supports a eutrophic ecology that, among other things, gives life to an all-but-complete collection of Icelandic birds. The birds, or maybe their collection, give purpose to Sigurgeir, a native son who has been sighting birds and gathering eggs on the lakeside family farm since childhood. When Sigurgeir is killed in an accident on the lake, his family begins a decade-long struggle to make a museum. In this gorgeously illustrated, long-form lyric essay, Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors concerns itself with family, gender, and memorials as it examines the grief, natural history, and accomplishment of Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum.

A. Kendra Greene began her museum career adhering text to the wall: one vinyl letter at a time. The University of Iowa gave her an MFA in Nonfiction and the opportunity to costume a giant ground sloth in its Museum of Natural History. She’s been a Fulbright Grantee, Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and most recently Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections. Her zines appear in the White Rock Zine Machine for 25 cents a pop.
Vagrants & Uncommon Visitors by A. Kendra Greene

Made in a limited edition of 100 letterpress printed covers.

Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors traces the origins, impact, and significance of a bird collection turned museum on the shores of Iceland’s Lake Mývatn. The lake supports a eutrophic ecology that, among other things, gives life to an all-but-complete collection of Icelandic birds. The birds, or maybe their collection, give purpose to Sigurgeir, a native son who has been sighting birds and gathering eggs on the lakeside family farm since childhood. When Sigurgeir is killed in an accident on the lake, his family begins a decade-long struggle to make a museum. In this gorgeously illustrated, long-form lyric essay, Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors concerns itself with family, gender, and memorials as it examines the grief, natural history, and accomplishment of Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum.

A. Kendra Greene began her museum career adhering text to the wall: one vinyl letter at a time. The University of Iowa gave her an MFA in Nonfiction and the opportunity to costume a giant ground sloth in its Museum of Natural History. She’s been a Fulbright Grantee, Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and most recently Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections. Her zines appear in the White Rock Zine Machine for 25 cents a pop.

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  • Reviewed by Jennifer Greene
    5 out of 5 stars
    Nov 28, 2017
    A family in Iceland honors their sibling's memory by founding a museum containing his taxidermied bird collection.

    This book was written by my sister-in-law as a series of long essays about museums of collections in Iceland. As usual, I am impressed with her thoughtfulness and quality of reading. What struck me in this reading was the dedication of the family to create a museum of their loved one's birds. Also, as I was reading I was envisioning what it would be like if I were there visiting that museum. I'd probably give everything a once-over and call it a day. But there is a depth to Kendra's writing that gives more flavor and life and rounded-ness to the subject that make me appreciate it much more than I would if I were just visiting it on my own.
    A family in Iceland honors their sibling's memory by founding a museum containing his taxidermied bird collection.

    This book was written by my sister-in-law as a series of long essays about museums of collections in Iceland. As usual, I am impressed with her thoughtfulness and quality of reading. What struck me in this reading was the dedication of the family to create a museum of their loved one's birds. Also, as I was reading I was envisioning what it would be like if I were there visiting that museum. I'd probably give everything a once-over and call it a day. But...
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  • Reviewed by Andrew
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jun 20, 2018
    Excellent work. Thanks for the interesting content and design.
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  • Reviewed by Andrew
    5 out of 5 stars
    Jun 20, 2018
    Thanks for the clever art.
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  • Reviewed by Kris Bernard
    5 out of 5 stars
    Mar 31, 2018
    Love these stories. The 90’s theme is icing on the cake. So glad I found out about this title at AWP!
    Come As You Are ed. E Kristin Anderson

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