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essay canon dispatch no. 1 -- "The Fourth State of Matter" by Jo Ann Beard (90's)

“Well, if im gonna commit to a creative non-fiction writing program, i ought to read more of that stuff,” the blogger thought.

i figure there’s more to the alleged CNF canon than John McPhee, … 1,501 more words

Book Report

On rejection

If someone told me they wanted to be a writer, I would say, “Ok, I hope you’re good with rejection.” It’s funny how writers are some of the most sensitive people and publishing is such a harsh, brutally blunt industry. 729 more words

Writing Process

Squirrels and Plasma

We recently had a class challenge, a makeshift debate, as to what element of the story “The Fourth State of Matter” by Jo Ann Beard was the “most important” in relation to the story overall and in its relationship to plasma. 3,796 more words

University of Iowa: 23 Years and 10 Days

“What would I do?”

Everyone, every single person ever, has thought this exact thought when thinking about shootings that we hear about, read about, or whathaveyou. 330 more words

“The Milky Way is a long smear on the sky, like something erased on a chalkboard.”

The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard

This One Time At Writers Camp

Great art is clear thinking about mixed feelings.
—WH Auden

During a recent Pacific Northwest heat wave, two hundred writers gathered nightly in a woodsy outdoor auditorium at Reed College to hear readings by some of the nation’s most prominent authors of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

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