New Essay: “Archival Materials”

Friends, these past two years have been a long slog . . . as evidenced by the fact that I haven’t updated this site for about that same length of time! A lot has happened in the interim. I haven’t been idle: I have a new book underway (more on that soon), a new job (I’m now teaching at the Dept. of English at the U of Texas at Austin) and a new piece forthcoming in The Edinburgh Companion to the Essay. 

In my contribution to the Companion, “Archival Materials: Essayism as a Process of Witness, Care and Reckoning,” I write both about my own idiosyncratic writing and researching processes and my rather expansive understanding of both the essay as form and archives as research sites and sources. The essay was a labor of love and agony but I’m proud of the finished product and hope to share it here soon.

Thanks to my good friend Bob Cowser, who walked the rocking writing path with me over some of the darkest days of the pandemic.

I’ll try not to be such a stranger! Here’s to new work, a new life, and better days.

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