Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object is a lively meditation on the profession of art modeling as it has been practiced in history and as it is practiced today. Kathleen Rooney draws on her own experiences working as an artist's model, as well as the famous, notorious, and mysterious artists and models through the ages. Through a combination of personal perspective, historical anecdote, and witty prose, Life Nude Girl reveals that both the appeal of posing nude for artists and the appeal of drawing the naked figure lie in our deeply human responses to beauty, sex, love, and death.
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of the upcoming University of Arkansas Press title Live Nude Girl. She has cowritten the collaborative poetry collections Something Really Wonderful and That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness with Elisa Gabbert. Her poems and essays have appeared in many publications, including the Nation, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and Another Chicago Magazine. She lives in Chicago