In her introduction to this volume, Joyce Carol Oates describes her project as "a search for the expression of personal experience within the historical, the individual talent within the tradition." Along with Robert Atwan, who has overseen the acclaimed BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS series since its inception in 1986, Oates has chosen a list of works that are both intimate and important, essays that take on subjects of profound and universal significance while retaining the power and spirit of a personal address. Mencken • Zora Neale Hurston • Edmund Wilson • Gertrude Stein • F. 11, etc.) comprising a generous selection of less known but deserving work from mostly big-name writers. Joyce Carol Oates was born in 1938 in Upstate, New York.
This collection honors some of the twentieth century's best-known and best-loved writers on a breathtaking variety of topics. Scott Fitzgerald • James Thurber • Richard Wright • James Agee • Robert Frost • E. She attended Syracuse University and graduated as Valedictorian.
A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (fully funded by the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation) and a resident at Wildacres, Hambidge, and the Vermont Studio Center, she was named a 2013 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts.
For the past two years her work has been supported by grants from The District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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Melanie spent many seasons working in California’s Sequoia National Park, a place that first inspired her journey into nonfiction writing.Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature.Her title Give Me Your Heart made the New York Times Best seller list for 2011.This singular collection is nothing less than a political, spiritual, and intensely personal record of America’s tumultuous modern age, as experienced by our foremost critics, commentators, activists, and artists.Joyce Carol Oates has collected a group of works that are both intimate and important, essays that move from personal experience to larger significance without severing the connection between speaker and audience. I lived, at that time, in a neighborhood whose northern edge abutted a small swamp. I remember the icy hummocks we used as hassocks, half-sitting, half-leaning against them when we bent over to tie our skates on, the still, shallow water solidly frozen and skimmed with white, the swamp edges solid as playground benches. I scratched mosquito bites until they bled and walked around all summer, lifting the hard crusty edges of scabs, the way I might have lifted manhole covers in a city street. I loved imagining my shins dotted with shallow ponds the size of lentils, complete with sedgy fringes and the chorus of spring peepers, the possibility of lowering myself into a labyrinth.Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Bayou Magazine, Fourth Genre, and Flyway, and has been included in the anthologies American Nature Writing; Figuring Animals: Essays on Animal Images in Art, Literature, Philosophy, & Popular Culture; Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century; and Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life In Our National Parks.Her work has also earned her notable mention in Best American Essays and an AWP Intro Award.She has presented at conferences like AWP, Nonfictio NOW, and Hippo Camp (the creative nonfiction conference run by Currently she is the founding editor of After the Art and an occasional freelance reviewer for The A. [email protected] Lecturer Hometown : Radford, VA Joined Chatham : 2005 Although originally from the Midwest, Melanie Dylan Fox has lived in almost every region of the U.