Lit from Within offers creative writers a window into the minds of some of America's most celebrated contemporary authors. Witty, direct, and thought-provoking, these essays offer something to creative writers of all backgrounds and experience. With contributions from fiction writers, poets, and nonfiction writers, this is a collection of unusual breadth and quality.
Contributors: Lee K. Abbott, Rick Bass, Claire Bateman, Charles Baxter, Ron Carlson, Billy Collins, Peter Ho Davies, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Robin Hemley, Tony Hoagland, David Kirby, Maggie Nelson, Francine Prose, Mary Ruefle
Kevin Haworth's novel The Discontinuity of Small Things was winner of the Samuel Goldberg Prize for best Jewish fiction and finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Price. He teaches writing at Ohio University and serves as executive editor of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. Dinty W. Moore's memoir Between Panic & Desire was the winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. His other books include The Accidental Buddhist, Toothpick Men, and The Emperor's Virtual Clothes. He is a professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University.
Acknowledgments Introduction RON CARLSON The Wrong Answer ROBIN HEMLEY Confessions of a Navel Gazer FRANCINE PROSE Gesture BILLY COLLINS The Myth of Craft Thoughts on the Writing of Poetry PETER HO DAVIES Only Collect Something about the Short Story Collection CHARLES BAXTER Stillness DAVID KIRBY Thirteen Things I Hate about Poetry CLAIRE BATEMAN Some Questions about Questions STEPHEN DUNN The Poem, Its Buried Subject, and the Revisionist Reader Behind "The Guardian Angel" LEE K. ABBOTT Thirteen Things about the Contemporary Short Story That Really Hack Me Off TONY HOAGLAND Litany, Gamesmanship, and Representation Charting the Old to the New Poetry MAGGIE NELSON All That Is the Case Some Thoughts on Fact in Nonfiction and Documentary Poetry CARL DENNIS A Poem of Character RICK BASS Good Fortune Befell Me Notes on the Writer/Editor Relationship MARY RUEFLE Someone Reading a Book Is a Sign of Order in the World Credits