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A stunning, poetic love letter to Cape Cod’s outermost town, Our Provincetown pairs original paintings by Barbara E. Cohen of the town’s most beautiful and beloved spots with more than sixty essays by notable writers, artists, and others, including Michael Cunningham, Kate Clinton, Joey Soloway, Nick Flynn, Alison Bechdel, Paul Lisicky, Marie Howe, and David Dunlap.
An artist based in Provincetown and New York, Barbara E. Cohen has published numerous books including Dogs and Their Women (Little, Brown, 1989) and, with Michael Cunningham, New York Love Affair (Fields Publishing, 2010).


“I never get tired of looking for special places in Provincetown and trying to capture what I see. But last year during one of my early-morning explorations, an idea came to me: why not ask people here whom I know and love — locals, writers, artists, poets — to write a little something about their favorite Provincetown spots, the places they feel particularly drawn to for whatever reason. Pairing those essays with painted photos would surely say more than either could alone. This book, Our Provincetown, was born in that moment.”

—Barbara E. Cohen, from the book’s introduction

David W. Dunlap

“Cohen’s work is firmly anchored in Provincetown, combining the observant naturalism of Arthur V. Diehl with the startling expressionism of Nancy Whorf. In the landscapes and townscapes presented here, Cohen has captured not only the physical places described by the essayists, but the layering of time, memory, and imagination that makes this tiny town simultaneously evanescent and eternal.”

— David W. Dunlap, author of Building Provincetown: A Guide to its Social and Cultural History, Told Through its Architecture