A NEW HISTORY OF THE ESSAY, W/JOHN D’AGATA **MISSION CREEK EVENT**

April 9, 2016 - 12:00pm
Prairie Lights

Please join us for this special Mission Creek celebration of the The Making of the American Essay. John D’Agata, Richard Preston, Kerry Howley, Charles D'Ambrosio, and Inara Verzemnieks, all currently on the faculty of The Writing Programs at The University of Iowa, will read some of their favorite excerpts from the essays included in the  anthologies edited by D’Agata. For two decades, essayist John D’Agata has been exploring the contours of the essay through a series of innovative, informative, and expansive anthologies that have become foundational texts in the study of the genre. The breakthrough first volume, The Next American Essay, highlighted major work from 1974 to 2003, while the second, The Lost Origins of the Essay, showcased the essay’s ancient and international forebears. Now, with The Making of the American Essay, D’Agata concludes his monumental tour of this inexhaustible form, with selections ranging from Anne Bradstreet’s secular prayers to Washington Irving’s satires, Emily Dickinson’s love letters to Kenneth Goldsmith’s catalogues, Gertrude Stein’s portraits to James Baldwin’s and Norman Mailer’s meditations on boxing.

John D’Agata is the author of Halls of Fame, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact. He is the director of the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program.