The first of a few pieces of writing-related news…
I’m very excited to tell you that “The Art of Waiting,” first published in Orion, was selected as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2013. Not only that, but it is also on the shortlist for the William Hazlitt Essay Prize, sponsored by Notting Hill Editions, a British press devoted to essayistic nonfiction writing. The prize (£15,000!) is for the best essay written in English. I’ve been working my way through the incredibly diverse and thought-provoking essays of the other finalists–you can read them here–and feel honored to be in their company. Please take a moment to read fellow Graywolf writer Leslie Jamison’s “The Empathy Exams,” from an exciting new book by the same title that Graywolf (and Granta, I believe) will release next year. But really, read them all–the list of other writers includes M.J. Hyland, Barbara Hurd (a fellow Orion contributor), and Mark Haddon.
I also want to mention a couple of recent prose pieces in At Length. In the past few months, we published Vanessa Hua’s captivating novel excerpt, “The Sea Palaces,” Jeff Oaks’s inventive and devastating “The Big Father Essay,” and just today, Meaghan Mulholland’s delicate and gorgeous short story, “The Long Life Hotel.” I’m very proud to play a part in bringing these incredible stories into the world, and hope that you’ll read and enjoy them.
(Photo above: one of my students from a recent NC Arts Council Project, Views From Above. More about that soon, too!)