New books and projects by Paris writing workshop teachers and graduates
Leslie Jamison's latest book, The Empathy Exams, debuted this spring to wide acclaim, and spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Dwight Garner of the New York Times called the book "Extraordinary . . . [Jamison] calls to mind writers as disparate as Joan Didion and John Jeremiah Sullivan as she interrogates the palpitations of not just her own trippy heart but of all of ours." National Public Radio called it "a virtuosic manifesto of human pain," the New Yorker called it "piercing and poetic," and the Los Angeles Times praised the ways Jamison "combines the intellectual rigor of a philosopher, the imagination of a novelist and a reporter’s keen eye for detail." The Boston Globe declared that "we're in a new golden age of the essay. . . and in The Empathy Exams Leslie Jamison has announced herself as its rising star."
John Biguenet recently published "The Profound Contradiction of Saving Private Ryan" in The Atlantic; "Astonishing Yankees" in Guernica; and "Sand," a new short story, in Granta. His short story "It Is Raining in Bejucal," which originally appeared in Zoetrope and was reprinted in The Best American Mystery Stories, has been selected for inclusion in The Best of the Best, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His new book, Silence, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2015. Rolf Potts has recently written articles for The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Slate, and The Common. He penned the foreword to Patrick Leigh Fermor's Words of Mercury: Tales from a Lifetime of Travel, and he has been slated to write a volume in Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series of books about classic rock and hip-hop albums. Dinah Lenney's new book, The Object Parade: Essays, arrived in stores in April, and was excerpted and featured online in Agni, the Harvard Review, the Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Patricia Engel (PAA '03) received a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Tommy Pico (PAA '11) landed on Flavorwire's list of 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013, and Emily Ding (PAA '11) was named associate editor at Esquire Malaysia. Last Drive With Mom, a personal essay by Amanda Bestor-Siegal (PAA '13) recently appeared in Salon, and Kaori Fujimoto (PAA '11'12) debuted essays this year in Brevity and Cleaver. Holly Sprayregen (PAA '12) writes regularly about travel, movies, and education for The Huffington Post.