The popularity of memoirs in the 90s and the re-emergence of the personal essay in the past decade has been immensely freeing and exciting for those of who often find ourselves scribbling down thoughts on a long subway ride home or as a way to clear our dusty brains in between working on the latest chapter of a novel. I love the personal essay because I generally can write the the first draft in a single sitting, which is both rewarding and reassuring. Unlike my fiction, my creative nonfiction pieces generally are motivated by breaking news in the mainstream media which renders me extremely sad or frustrated, or just some nagging issue that pulls at me enough to distract me from my longer writing projects.
While I have published more than a dozen essays in lit magazines, below are links to those of my published essays currently available online:
Some Thoughts on Cancel Culture, Areo Magazine, November 22, 2021. The embrace of cancel culture by both the right and the left in the United States poses a real danger to democratic principles.
On Bright Young Things, The Lyon Review, April 25, 2015. Why are Americans so obsessed by youth culture, particularly when it comes to celebrating writers under 30?
Hope in a Jar, Mr. Bellers’ Neighborhood, August 23, 2008.When vanity meets Madison Avenue, how do you find the ultimate cure for wrinkles, dark spots and the horrible feeling that time is moving much too quickly?
Searching for the Writing Life, The Summerset Review, Fall 2005. This essay was originally published in a 2001 edition of Hayden’s Ferry Review which explored my ongoing struggle to find time to work on my creative projects with the very real need to earn a living. The Summerset Review contacted me a few years later and graciously asked if they could reprint it.