A Choice Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2010-11.
Ranked “Outstanding” in the 2012 University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries listing.
“This collection of 15 essays, written by literary luminaries such as poet Billy Collins, novelist Francine Prose and nonfiction author Rick Bass, offers wonderful insight into the working habits of some of America's most celebrated authors…. Smart, concise and thought-provoking, this collection is a treasure for writers looking to improve their craft.”
“The essays are detailed and sophisticated enough to appeal to writers, particularly novice writers, yet general enough to appeal to readers who are not necessarily writers.”
“Reading Lit From Within reminded me of the best of the genre, including Anne Lamott's Bird By Bird, Nancie Atwell's In the Middle and Stephen Koch's The Modern Library Writer's Workshop.
“Representing widely diverse approaches, the result is a useful book containing a wealth of creative writing wisdom.”
“The pieces in Lit from Within can be laugh-out-loud funny or seriously contemplative; either way, they all contain nuggets of wisdom that will speak to anyone who sits down to write.”
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.
Table of Contents
- RON CARLSON
The Wrong Answer
- ROBIN HEMLEY
Confessions of a Navel Gazer
- FRANCINE PROSE
- BILLY COLLINS
The Myth of Craft
Thoughts on the Writing of Poetry
- PETER HO DAVIES
Something about the Short Story Collection
- CHARLES BAXTER
- 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
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Downloads & Links
- “Noteworthy books” mention in NewPages (Jan. 2011)
- Ohio University’s Spring Literary Festival
- Nothing to Say and Saying It blog posts
- The Washington Post mentions Lit from Within (6/10/11)
- July 2011 Glimmer Train Essay by Lit from Within Editor Kevin Haworth
- Kevin Haworth essay in Fiction Writers Review, Sept. 19, 2011
- "Outstanding" ranking for Lit from Within in the 2012 University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Related SubjectsLiterary Studies · Literary Essays · Literary Criticism, US
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Release date: Feb. 2011
200 pages · 5¼ × 8¼ in.
Release date: Feb. 2011