About D. L. Pughe

D.L. Pughe is a writer and artist currently living part of the year in Iowa City, IA and in Berkeley, CA.

For 12 years prior to coming to Iowa, Pughe was Director of Exhibitions for The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young Museum and California Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum) where she helped amazing teams produce major exhibitions along with small scholarly shows and manage the permanent collection galleries. She also worked for 7 years at The Lawrence Hall of Sciences, a children’s museum and learning center that is part of the University of California at Berkeley.

Pughe enjoys building displays and miniature tableaus for the Iowa City Library, University of Iowa Hospitals, and the Imagination Station in Iowa City, and several more at their other home in Berkeley, CA.  She is currently working on a major collaborative project of a Miniature Natural History Museum and Laboratory with Diorama Divas: Angela Zirbes, Emily Buck and Xin Xu in Iowa City, and Stella Schultz, the Eastern Seaboard Representative in Boston.  Pughe is also finishing a novel about the natural world and a group of young women who are similarly making a miniature museum titled The Country Where I Solved My Discontent.

MIT Press has published her essays in The New Earth Reader, and Writings on Water, and Writings on Air. “Letter from the Far Territories” was included in When Pain Strikes, a volume in the University of Minnesota Press Theory Out of Bounds Series, and an essay on Bill Viola and William James is in the catalogue by Larry Rinder for the exhibition Searchlight:  Consciousness at the Millennium from Thames and Hudson.  NEST, a New York based magazine that featured literary aspects of habitat, published several episodes from A Philosophy of Clean, a series of essays on cleaning that was originally funded by the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Her essays, including Being In Dog Time about shelter dogs have been commissioned by BARK magazine, along with a look at how Animal Studies is becoming legitimized on campuses around the world, Studying The Dog.   Over the years, poems and several prose pieces have appeared in Schlaflos, The Trumpeter Journal of Ecophilosophy, and the Five Finger Review.  Her long essay on poverty in the Midwest and USA, When Luck Grows HardReal Life in the Fiction Capital of America, was part of the web-based Electoral College Project.  A recent essay about the writing of Maeve Brennan and photography of Vivian Maier, Two Poets of the Street, was published in Serpentine Magazine and a version which includes all the photographs referenced is available here.

Pughe has a separate website, The Dream of Knowledge, where she posts essays and excerpts from her novel project, A Different Acquaintance.



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