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Lyric Essay: John D'Agata

With John D’Agata’s The Lifespan of a Fact, we explore the realm of the lyric essay. We have been working our way toward this very current and somewhat controversial turn in nonfiction writing: where the creativity of “creative nonfiction” emerges into the essay, formerly and formally thought of as dry, dead. 618 more words


Meditating with hens.

We are storied folk. Stories are what we are; telling and listening to stories is what we do. – Arthur Kleinman

When I was 3 I fell over in chicken coup and was savagely and mercilessly attacked by chickens.

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On Living Mindfully

Literary Luminary: Pamela Erens

Pamela Erens‘s first novel The Understory (Ironweed Press, 2007)¬†was a slim volume but a gem. Unfortunately, it only found a small audience of diehard fiction lovers, but anyone who read it immediately saw the brilliance of the work (Tin House will be reissuing it soon). 10,816 more words

Fiction Review