Frankenstein by Michael Waterson

Background photo: Undisclosed/Max Pixel, CC0.
Manipulation and design layout: Elizabeth Stark

A “yinzer” from Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael Waterson has lived in Northern California for 44 years. Like his hometown, he’s changed a lot during that time, working at a range of jobs from San Francisco taxi driver to U.S. Forest Service firefighter to Napa Valley newspaper editor. He received a BA from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Mills College, both in Creative Writing. His work has won several awards and appeared in numerous journals and online publications. He was Napa Valley’s Poet Laureate, 2010-2012. He is also a singer/songwriter with a traditional Irish music band, Kith & Kin.

Citing Mary Shelly’s popular creation, Waterson says: “Modern myths, such as Frankenstein, like ancient counterparts from cultures around the world, reflect our deepest desires and fears. No wonder zombies and vampires populate our literature and drama to such an extent, when our society grapples with powerful drug addictions and omnipresent anxiety about random mass murders and general planet-wide catastrophe. We think of myths and religious stories as something from the past, but humans are constantly creating mythology.”

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