The essay genre

July 10, 2013

“As a genre grounded in productive uncertainty—collage rather than argument, exploration rather than assertion—the essay is constantly posing the conundrum of its own existence: What should an essay do? What should it offer? It finds its etymological roots in the old French essai: to attempt. It blends inquiry and confession into a hybrid weave that deepens each. It draws personal material into public mattering.” — “What Should An Essay Do?” by Leslie Jamison


Eleanor Leonne Bennett, who has published several photographs in LiturgicalCredo, is the featured artist in Issue 41 of Brevity, an online journal of brief nonfiction.

One of our personal favorite Bennett photos in the current Brevity accompanies “Green Light” by Sven Birkerts.

See a short bios of Bennett here and here.

Amanda Morris

July 21, 2012

Please read our latest work of creative nonfiction, “Andromeda,” by Amanda Morris. Morris is former managing editor and nonfiction reader for TriQuarterly Online. She is a science writer and publications editor in Northwestern University’s Office for Research. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois where she received the Bill Geist Award for Broadcast Journalism in 2002. She is now pursuing an MA in creative nonfiction at Northwestern. Her writing has appeared in Triquarterly, CenterPiece Magazine, the Evanston TribLocal, Chicago Sun-Times,, Yahoo News,, Huffington Post, and the website for the National Science Foundation.

Heaven” is the third essay contributed by Deborah L. Reed. She currently resides in a small bedroom community in Central Texas with her daughter, grandson, and two dogs. She has had over twenty short stories published, one of which, ”Leah and Her Stuffed House,” has been nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.

Please also read her previous essays: “Prayer” and “Good versus Bad.”

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