The Essay Daily Salon Series

Our Essay Daily Salon Series hosts intimate conversations with writers we love, pitched at writers in or out of creative writing programs, loosely aimed toward shop talk around the essay.

Our first one, Talking Back to Books, was 08.31.20, featuring Kim Adrian, author of The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet: a Memoir, Sock (Object Lessons series)and Dear Knausgaardand editor of Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms and Stephanie Reents, author of I Meant to Kill Ye and The Kissing List. 

We published this expanded transcript of our conversation here if you missed it.

Our second salon, The Polymorphous Essay, featured Bethany Maile, author of Anything Will Be Easy After This and Sarah Minor, author of Bright Archive, in conversation with Ander Monson. It took place 10.30.20, and is archived here.

The third in our Salon Series, 11.30.20, will be From the Essay to the Book, featuring Kati Standefer and Kelly Sundberg. We'll talk with both writers about how they got from publishing an essay and getting some attention from agents to selling and publishing a book. 

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Katherine E. Standefer is the author of Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving A Life, forthcoming from Little, Brown Spark on November 10, 2020. Lightning Flowers was named one of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of Fall 2020, was featured in People Magazine and on NPR’s Fresh Air, and received a Kirkus starred review. Lightning Flowers tells the story of the author’s troubled relationship to her own implanted cardioverter defibrillator within the context of the American healthcare system, and her global journey to understand what it costs to save one Western life. Her writing appeared in The Best American Essays 2016 and won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. Standefer earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona in 2014. She is currently a professor in Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA program. 

Kelly Sundberg's essays have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Gay Magazine, Denver Quarterly, Slice Magazine, and others. Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was selected for inclusion in Best American Essays 2015, and other essays have been listed as notables in the same series. She has a PhD in Creative Nonfiction from Ohio University, and she has been the recipient of fellowships or grants from Vermont Studio Center, A Room of Her Own Foundation, Dickinson House, and The National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently at work on a collection of lyric essays about PTSD, single parenting, and magic. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Ashland University and teaches as part of the Ashland University Creative Writing MFA. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her son. 

Upcoming Salons

February 1, 2021: March Xness and How to Write about Music


March 1, 2021: Matthew Gavin Frank and Nicole Walker

Nicole Walker is the author of the books The After-Normal: Brief, Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet, Sustainability: A Love Story, Where the Tiny Things Are, Egg, Micrograms, and Quench Your Thirst with Salt. [facebook] [twitter]

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food, Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer, Pot Farm, and Barolo; the poetry books The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop; and 2 chapbooks. His new nonfiction book, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers (about, among other things, the ways in which carrier pigeons are used by diamond smuggling rings) came out this February 2021 from W.W. Norton: Liveright.

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