Sideshows themselves are a place where people come to see a public display of their private fears. Fear of deformity, of a disruption of the gender binary, of mutation, of disfigurement, of a crossover with the animal world, of being out of proportion....more
Tessa Fontaine ran away with a circus sideshow. More essays about that adventure can be found at The Rumpus, and other recent work appears in Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, [PANK], and more. Tessa is a PhD student in prose at the University of Utah. Find more work at: www.TessaFontaine.com.