Contact and Links
You can reach The Humble Essayist by clicking here: e-mail
He would welcome constructive comments and suggestions about the site but encourages everyone to remember that as an essayist he is ruminative, easily distracted, and a little lazy, so he will probably keep these pages as simple as possible. He also has a Twitter feed to announce the author of each paragraph of the week and provide provocative quotations as well. He would love for you to follow him there.
The Humble Essayist is in the process of creating a list of links to other sites that specialize in the personal essay and the reflective memoir. He encourages anyone who has such a site to send information to him through the e-mail link above. Here is the beginning of the list:
Ovenbird Books promotes innovative, imaginative, experimental works of creative nonfiction. Under her Judith Kitchen Select imprint, Judith Kitchen invites nonfiction writers to join her in this collective venture. The goal is to introduce readers to the many facets of nonfiction and to establish a standard of excellence. Learn more at ovenbirdbooks.org.
Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction. A "small magazine with large ambitions." Site: brevitymag.com.
River Teeth: The home of the literary magazine River Teeth edited by Joe Mackall and Daniel W. Lehman and dedicated to the art of narrative nonfiction. The magazine also sponsors a book contest in October. You can reach the site at www.riverteethjournal.com.
Welcome Table Press: Kim Dana Kupperman created this nonprofit, independent press, which is dedicated to publishing & celebrating the essay, in all its forms. The press publishes a pamphlet series that features talks on writing,Occasional Papers on Practice & Form (available for free download at and anthologies, including You: An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person,edited by Kim Dana Kupperman, with Heather G. Simons and James M. Chesbro (2013), and Essaying the Essay, edited by David Lazar (forthcoming 2014). WTP has hosted two symposia on the essay and offers editorial and marketing internships to creative-writing students. You can find the press at www.welcometablepress.org.
Quotidiana is a webside dedicated to a community of writers associated with the site's founder, Patrick Madden. It also includes a unique collection of essays from the past, many by unfamiliar writers. http://essays.quotidiana.org/.
The magazine Fourth Genre, created by Mike Steinberg and Bob Root, gave a new name to the kind of writing we do. Their great work continues under the leadership of Laura Julier. Check out the site at http://fourthgenre.msu.edu .
Essay Daily. edited by Ander Monson, is "a space for ongoing conversation about essays & essayists of note, contemporary and not-so-much." Craig Reinbold serves as the managing editor. http://essaydaily.blogspot.com/ .
Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies: The purpose of Assay is to publish the best in critical scholarship of creative nonfiction to stimulate the conversation concerning this genre. Assay examines, analyzes, and tests the ideas central to literary nonfiction, its texts, its authors, and its pedagogy. Assay’s purpose is to facilitate all facets of this emerging conversation. http://www.assayjournal.com/
Michael Steinberg, one of the founders of Fourth Genre magazine, has a helpful site with craft advice and a blog written by guest authors on subjects of interest to writers. You can reach the site at http://www.mjsteinberg.net/blog.htm.
Raise a glass to the lost arts of reading, writing, and drinking at Bill and Dave's Cocktail Hour: http://billanddavescocktailhour.com/
Brain Child Magazine and Brain Teen Magazine, founded in 2000 Brain Child has been specialising/publishing personal essay for 17 years. Learn more at http://www.brainchildmag.com/