Persephone Reading

Persephone Reading

On May 7, 2015 I had the honor of reading my short story “Persephone” at the Hennepin History Museum at an event sponsored by SAMEE (Sustainable Action, Mother Earth’s Embrace), curated and hosted by Roslye Ultan.

Here is a video of the reading. Below the video is a cheat-sheet of the mythological personages borrowed for the story.



For those who know the Persephone myth well, you’ll probably catch the parallels with my story, but for the rest of us, here are some Cliff’s Notes:

Corey = Persephone, goddess of spring and of the Underworld. Also known by the name Kore.

Nameless Rider = Hades, god of the Underworld. He abducts Persephone and takes her as his wife to rule there.

Demi = Demeter, goddess of the harvest and mother of Persephone. She tries to rescue Persephone, but since she had eaten three pomegranate seeds while she was in the Underworld, she is required to return there 6 months each year. It’s a pre-Olympian Greek explanation for how the seasons came about.

Donny = Dionysus, god of wine and revelry. In some stories, he is Persephone’s son. In all cases they are both offspring of Zeus, and therefore brother and sister.