In this week’s Illustrated PEN, Guest Editor Robert Kirby presents an excerpt from Sunburning by Keiler Roberts.

Kirby writes: In this excerpt from her new book Sunburning (Koyama Press), Keiler Roberts describes the stress of undergoing intensive medical testing for an array of disturbing symptoms. It’s another instantly relatable Roberts story featuring her characteristic emotional directness and wonderfully deadpan wit. 


Keiler Roberts’s autobiographical comic series Powdered Milk has received an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series and was included in Best American Comics 2016. Her work has been published in the Chicago Reader, Mutha Magazine, Nat. Brut, Darling Sleeper, NewCity, and several anthologies.