Monday, October 26, 2009

John D'Agata: Lyric Essayist


John D'Agata--known to many in the writing community as the writer who singlehandedly brought back the essay from near-extinction, and the writer who created the lyric essay--visited Columbia College for their Nonfiction Week last Thursday evening.

John was a lot younger than I had imagined when reading his essays previous to the reading, and certainly was an engaging reader. I love how his work allows for tangents, and how these tangents somehow get pulled back together to make a cohesive whole. Additionally, his use of repetition in the beginning of his sentences drew me in, and grew lyrical for me, rather than hitting me over the head or feeling too tedious.

I definitely plan on reading more of his work--and to work on the lyrical aspect of my creative nonfiction. (His book of essays, Halls of Fame, is one I've added to my creative nonfiction wish list.) Whoever thinks that creative nonfiction is more an extension of fiction-writing rather than poetry-writing surely needs to read John D'Agata's work and rethink the genre.

L. Stacks

1 comment:

Adam Morgan said...

Aaaaaaaand you're in love.