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On Hiding

I am a self-conscious person. I am one of those people who hides behind her hair, because I have always been uncomfortable with people looking directly at my face. I …

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The Moral of Little Miss AWP

Let’s face it — a lot of us like to make fun of AWP.  There’s the silly tote bags and overpriced drinks at the hotel bar.  The geekish literary panels …

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On the (Ab)use of Doubt

I haven’t told many people this story, but the persistence of doubt in the political arena of global climate change has my hackles raised (see Steven E. Koonin’s essay, “Climate …

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Making Essay Cool: The Power of Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams

There’s a seldom-spoken understanding among creative nonfiction writers (at least there was in my MFA program), that if you find yourself in front of an agent pitching your latest work, …

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Getting Back on Track

When I was a kid, my father used to take me on long bike rides to the shore of Lake Erie, in the town next to ours.  Our town and …

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On the Virtues of Crying: A Graduation Speech

Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program Winter 2014, Freeport, Maine Thank you, Dean Tuchinsky, Justin, Annie, Robin, Stonecoast faculty and staff, friends, families, graduates and distinguished guests.  I am so …

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On the Lyric Essay

In preparation for my recent graduate student presentation on the lyric essay, I came across an array of interesting quotes and ideas about what, exactly, the lyric essay is.  From …

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Inspiring Activism with a Soft Touch: Scott Russell Sanders’ Earth Works

Scott Russell Sanders’ Earth Works: Selected Essays is a book of the author’s collected works spanning thirty years of his writing career, and covering a wide range of topics and …

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