21st Century Essays
Edited by David Lazar and Patrick Madden


New & Forthcoming 21st Century Essays Titles:

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This One Will Hurt You

Paul Crenshaw

2019

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On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine

Sonya Bilocerkowycz

2019

Winner of the 2018 Gournay Prize

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Echo's Fugue

Desirae Matherly

2019

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Fear Icons
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Kisha Lewellyn Schlegel

2018

Winner of the 2017 Gournay Prize

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Love’s Long Line

Sophfronia Scott

2018

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The Real Life of the Parthenon

Patricia Vigderman

2018

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Curiouser and Curiouser
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Nicholas Delbanco

2017

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You, Me, and the Violence

Catherine Taylor

2017

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A Mother's Tale

Phillip Lopate

2017

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Don't Come Back

Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas

2017


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.

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About the Series Editors

photograh of David Lazar

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.

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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.

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Editorial Advisory Board

Robert Atwan

Mary Cappello

John D’Agata

Wayne Koestenbaum

Phillip Lopate

Maggie Nelson

Lia Purpura

Claudia Rankine

David Shields


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