CONTEST: Sycamore Review’s 2013 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction/Poetry

    More info at: http://www.sycamorereview.com/contest/ 2013 WABASH PRIZE FOR NONFICTION Final Judge: Cheryl Strayed First Prize: $1000 and publication in the Winter/Spring 2014 issue GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS Submission Deadline: October 22, 2013 1. For each submission, send one nonfiction piece (limit 7,500 words). 2. A $15 reading fee (submitted online) must accompany each submission. The reading fee includes a […]

In-Progress Review: Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”

I’m probably a third of the way into Amy Krouse Rosenthal‘s Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. I don’t know what, exactly, I expected – the title has “encyclopedia” right there in it, and at the beginning, for crying out loud – but the first few pages bummed me out. It is LITERALLY an encyclopedia of […]

From Laura Wexler’s “An Interview with Patricia Hampl”

This quote appears in The AWP Chronicle (now The Writer’s Chronicle), March/April 1998 issue. On autobiography vs. memoir: “A memoir .. takes on the narrative and formal demands of a novel: How to draw the reader forward? How to establish theme through incident and portraiture? What holds it all together, and what keeps it all […]

Week One, or: This Is Not a Creative Title

What a week! (Okay, and plus a half or so.) Wouldn’t you know, the gentleman and I adopted cats. We’re a regular Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song. Anyhow, look at these girls, like either of us could’ve resisted: My goodness, but they are playful. All. The. Time. Liddy’s almost a year and a half […]

Book review: Mary Karr’s “The Liars’ Club”

Before picking up The Liars’ Club, I read Mary Karr‘s 2000 publication, Cherry, based on a recommendation from a professor of mine after she read my Master’s thesis. So, I did things a little backwards; The Liars’ Club was released in 1995 and centers around Karr’s childhood in Texas – growing up with alcoholic parents with special attention paid to […]

Write the difficult

Ten years ago, I had an old boyfriend. Old then as in significantly(?) older than me, and old now as in we aren’t and haven’t been together for something like eight or nine years. Nearly a decade. At this point we’ve been broken up and apart for longer than we were together, and yet here […]

Book review: Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”

(*Disclaimer: This gets a little defensive of the nonfiction genre. I tried to not. But fuck it, I do what I want.) Mid-month I finally got around to reading Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. I’d been hearing wonderful things about it over the summer and fall of […]