Chapbook (Gertrude Press 2014)
Mobiles in the Sky explores motherhood, love, and grief. After experiencing a terrible tragedy, Kendra and Jaylynn spiral away from each other into their own orbits of mourning. Cowen asks questions about what it means to be the biological mother versus the “other” mother, while exploring issues of art and authenticity.
Five Thousand Days of Autumn
Nakashima Wakana (Kana) was forced to serve as a Japanese comfort woman during World War II, but now, in 1951, she has an American husband and a house in the kind of small, Southern American town where it is almost impossible to keep a secret. For Kana, the question is if the shadows of her youth and the baby she was forced to leave behind will destroy the new life she has created. Spanning the time during WWII when Japan forced women of multiple nationalities to serve as sexual slaves through the emerging shadow of the Cold War, Five Thousand Days of Autumn blends Japanese folklore and myth with Kana’s struggle to acclimate to a new culture as ghosts of the past leak into her new world, evoking Chang-Rae Lee’s A Gesture Life, Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha, and Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony.