21st Century Essays
Edited by David Lazar and Patrick Madden
New & Forthcoming 21st Century Essays Titles:
My Private Lennon
Explorations from a Fan Who Never Screamed
Just an Ordinary Woman Breathing
Julie Marie Wade
The Trouble with Men
Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power
This One Will Hurt You
On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine
Winner of the 2018 Gournay Prize
Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel
Winner of the 2017 Gournay Prize
Hummingbirds Between the Pages
A Love Story
Love’s Long Line
The Real Life of the Parthenon
Curiouser and Curiouser
You, Me, and the Violence
A Mother's Tale
Don't Come Back
Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas
This series from Mad Creek Books is a vehicle to discover, publish, and promote some of the most daring, ingenious, and artistic nonfiction. This is the first and only major series that announces its focus on the essay—a genre whose plasticity, timelessness, popularity, and centrality to nonfiction writing make it especially important in the field of nonfiction literature. In addition to publishing the most interesting and innovative books of essays by American writers, the series publishes extraordinary international essayists and reprint works by neglected or forgotten essayists, voices that deserve to be heard, revived, and reprised. The series is a major addition to the possibilities of contemporary literary nonfiction, focusing on that central, frequently chimerical, and invariably supple form: The Essay.
For more information about the series or submitting a proposal contact: Kristen Elias Rowley, OSU Press Editor-in-Chief. Submissions to the series will be accepted annually from March 15-April 15.
About the Series Editors
David Lazar’s books include the forthcoming essays collections I’ll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms and On Character, from the University of Nebraska Press. Other books include: essay collections Occasional Desire and The Body of Brooklyn; the prose poetry collections Powder Town and Who’s Afraid of Helen of Troy; the nonfiction anthologies After Montaigne, Truth in Nonfiction, and Essaying the Essay, and the interview collections Michael Powell: Interviews and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher. His digital anthology for Essay Press, Considering Garlands, was the first anthology on anthologies. Lazar founded the Ph.D. Program in nonfiction writing at Ohio University and directed the creation of the MFA program in nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches. He is also a faculty mentor at the Mile High MFA program at Regis University. He has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, and he was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction for 2015–2016. He is the founding editor of Hotel Amerika, now in its fifteenth year.
Patrick Madden is the author of two books of essays, Sublime Physick and Quotidiana (ForeWord magazine and Association for Mormon Letters awards winner and finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award); coeditor of After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays; and co-translator of the Selected Poems of Eduardo Milán. His essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, the Iowa Review, the Normal School, Portland Magazine, River Teeth, and other journals, as well as in the Best Creative Nonfiction and Best American Spiritual Writing. A two-time Fulbright fellow to Uruguay, he teaches at Brigham Young University and Vermont College of Fine Arts, and he curates the online anthology and essay resource at www.quotidiana.org.
Mad Creek Books, an imprint of the Ohio State University Press, is pleased to announce M. I. Devine’s Warhol’s Mother’s Pantry: Repetition, Redemption, and the Mom in Pop as the winner of the 2019 Gournay Prize. As recipient of the prize, Devine receives $1,000 and Warhol’s Mother’s Pantry will be published as part of the 21st Century Essays series in Fall 2020.
M.I. Devine’s essays on pop culture and poetics have appeared in American Literature, Adaptation, Measure, and the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB). A LARB memoir essay on his writing-workshop years with Ta-Nehisi Coates was one of LARB’s most widely read essays in Fall 2017. A 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a finalist for the Zuckerman Prize in American Studies by the McNeil Center at the University of Pennsylvania, he was awarded a Dickson History of Art Fellowship at UCLA, where he earned his Ph.D. in English literature. He is an Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. He is co-founder of Famous Letter Writer, an arts collective exploring connectivity through music, poetics, and live performance. Famous Letter Writer releases
WARHOLA in 2020 on Big Deep Records.
The 21st Century Essays series is a vehicle to discover, publish, and promote some of the most daring, ingenious, and artistic new nonfiction. This is the first and only major series that announces its focus on the essay—a genre whose plasticity, timelessness, popularity, and centrality to nonfiction writing make it especially important in the field of nonfiction literature.
The Gournay Prize selects one book-length collection of essays each year to receive a cash prize of $1,000 and publication in the 21st Century Essays series. The award is open to all writers for first books of essays. This year’s runner up is Caryl Pagel. Other finalists for the 2019 award include Janée J. Baugher, Patrick Crerand, Claire Cronin, Megan Harlan, Jessica Mooney, and Travis Scholl.
Editorial Advisory Board
THE GOURNEY PRIZE WINNERS
2018 Sonja Bilocerkowycz for On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine
Runner up: Sibbie O'Sullivan for My Private Lennon: Explorations from a Fan who Never Screamed
2017 Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel for Fear Icons
Runner up: Paul Crenshaw for This One Will Hurt You