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.

March 1, 2021: Processing Disaster, 6pm (AZ = Mountain time)
featuring Matthew Gavin Frank and Nicole Walker

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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.

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]


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


On 11.30.20 From the Essay to the Book, featured Kati Standefer and Kelly Sundberg. We talked with both writers about how they got from publishing an essay and getting some attention from agents to selling and publishing a book. It's archived here (for at least a couple months).

On 8.21.20, Talking Back to Books featured 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.

On 10.30.20, 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. Archived here (for a while at least).

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