Summer Brenner

Summer Brenner was raised in Georgia and migrated west, first to New Mexico and eventually to northern California where she has been a long-time resident. She has published books of poetry and fiction and given scores of readings in the United States, France, and Japan. Her books include: The Missing Lover, illustrations by Lewis Warsh; Ivy, Tale of a Homeless Girl in San Francisco, illustrations by Marilyn Bogerd; Presque nulle part (Gallimard/la serie noire); One Minute Movies; Dancers & the Dance; The Soft Room; From the Heart to the Center; Everyone Came Dressed as Water. “Because the Spirit Moved,” CD of poems in collaboration with poet GP Skratz and musician Andy Dinsmoor, was released in 2004 by Arundo.

She has received grants from the California Arts Council; Friends of Berkeley Public Library grant; “Speaking of Reading”/California State Library; and ED. Fund.

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My Life in Clothes

Summer Brenner

Publication Date: October 1, 2010

$18.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-163-3


Despite my mother’s efforts to tame me, I resisted, holding onto my creature nature until the day she informed me I would no longer be running naked in the yard or showering with my dad. It took a few scoldings before I was transformed from colt to show-pony: a proper reflection of whichever laundered, starched, pressed, brushed, straightened, zippered, tied, and buttoned garment was placed upon me. From the foreword of Summer Brenner’s new collection of short stories, MY LIFE IN CLOTHES.

These stories explore the charm, tyranny, and preoccupation of clothes, on and off, bought, made, or found, fashion or function, projection or expression, body and soul turned inside out.


My Life in Clothes… in the Wall Street Journal!

First the Economist, then the Wall Street Journal, and then the world! Summer Brenner’s wonderful short story collection, My Life in Clothes, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal‘s holiday gift […]

My Life in Clothes… in The Economist!

Summer Brenner’s My Life in Clothes has received a very nice review in The Economist! The title of the piece? “You should be reading Summer Brenner.” We agree! They go on to say, […]