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Essays

On Launching My First Book

September 9, 2013

I’ve only been a first-time author for about two weeks now, ever since my first collection of poems The Forage House came out.  However, I do know something about what to do while waiting for a book to come out. I've been about to be a [...]

Like? Whatever: Likability and the Nonfiction Writer

July 11, 2013

  bloomua / 123RF Stock Photo   Until my memoir came out, I had no idea how many people did not want to be friends with me. To be fair, I also didn’t know how many people thought they could be friends with me. I’d almost forgott [...]

The Group

June 13, 2013

I have a photo of myself on a bed with six other girls; we’re all lying on our sides, kicking our legs in the air like reclining Rockettes and laughing wildly. The photo was taken sometime during our senior year in college, after we’d spent many vacation and summer days together. I don’t display it, but I’ll never discard it, either.

On Leaving Home

May 21, 2013

  ecstaticist / Flickr   The following post is part of our online companion to our Spring 2013 issue on The Business of Literature. Click here for an overview of the issue. —— Some people move to New York to realize t [...]

The Holy and Demonic Pull of Writing

May 10, 2013

  Cover detail from Demons by Dostoyevsky   The following post is part of our online companion to our Spring 2013 issue on The Business of Literature. Click here for an overview of the issue. —— “There are moments, [...]

My Avatar, My Self

May 8, 2013

  rrraven / 123RF Stock Photo   The following post is part of our online companion to our Spring 2013 issue on The Business of Literature. Click here for an overview of the issue. —— On a recent evening I rode up the [...]

Income Disparity Within a Marriage

May 3, 2013

The following post is part of our online companion to our Spring 2013 issue on The Business of Literature. Click here for an overview of the issue. —— Five years ago, when I first started working from home as a freelance writer, my [...]

General Jackson's "Chancellorsville" Portrait, taken at a Spotsylvania County farm on April 26, 1863, seven days before his mortal wounding at the Battle of Chancellorsville

Stonewall Jackson’s Arm

May 2, 2013

I was walking through a cornfield in search of a cemetery in the middle of Virginia. A fox trotted across the path in front of me and disappeared in the forest of stalks with barely a rustle. I was searching for Stonewall Jackson’s lost arm.

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