In Which Hundreds Of People Chronicle What Happened On June 21, 2018 And I Read All Of It

If, as a student, you read a famous essayist’s work, and it is immediately accessible and seems like something you might be able to write yourself, it’s galvanizing. Constraints are great for art. So are deadlines. But even better is to legitimately say to yourself, “Really? That’s a great essay? Well, shit, I can do that.”… Read More In Which Hundreds Of People Chronicle What Happened On June 21, 2018 And I Read All Of It

The Queer and Complex Business of Naming and Being Named

Clarice Lispector once wrote, “I’m not a synonym—I’m a proper noun.” Like many of her oblique declaratives, the meaning resonates if you are inclined to hear it. Yet even to those who do, what they hear differs widely. Perhaps even more maddening, it is subject to change when it is heard again. Lispector as haughy and indignant. Lispector, tall, set apart from the crowd. Lispector, a singular thing. … Read More The Queer and Complex Business of Naming and Being Named

Craft Essay: Building On Memories for Authentic Emotion in Creative Nonfiction by Ashlie Stevens

This kind of writing is a tenuous process. You are working these small, independent bits that have occurred over months or years into a narrative that builds to the summative emotion or knowledge that inspired you to write the essay in the first place, while trying to stay grounded in the emotion you experienced when these events first transpired.… Read More Craft Essay: Building On Memories for Authentic Emotion in Creative Nonfiction by Ashlie Stevens