Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women by John Griswold, Leslie Jamison, Patricia Foster, Joy Castro, Kristen Radtke, Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Amy Wright, Laurie Lynn Drummond, Torrey Peters, Bich Minh Nguyen, Sarah Valentine, Adriana Paramo, Brenda Miller, Wendy Rawlings, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Dana Tommasino, Barrie Jean Borich, Chelsea Biondolillo, Neela Vaswani, Roxane Gay, Michele Morano, Marcia Aldrich, Kyoko Mori, Sonja Livingston, Margo Jefferson, Cheryl Strayed, Eula Biss, Jaquira Díaz, Nicole Walker, Jericho Parms, Meghan Daum
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Waveform celebrates the role of women essayists in contemporary literature. Historically, women have been instrumental in moving the essay to center stage, and Waveform continues this rich tradition, further expanding the dynamic genre s boundaries and testing its edges. With thirty essays by thirty distinguished and diverse women writers, this carefully constructed anthology incorporates works ranging from the traditional to the experimental.

Waveform champions the diversity of women s approaches to the structure ofthe essay today a site of invention and innovation, with experiments in collage, fragments, segmentation, braids, triptychs, and diptychs. Focused on these explorations of form, Waveform is not wed to a fixed theme or even to women s experiences per se. It is not driven by subject matter but highlights the writers interaction with all manner of subject and circumstance through style, voice, tone, and structure.

This anthology presents some of the women who are shaping the essay today, mapping an ever-changing landscape. It is designed to place essays recently written by women such as Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Margo Jefferson, Jaquira Diaz, and Eula Biss into the hands of those who have been waiting patiently for something they could equally claim as their own.

Contributors: Marcia Aldrich, Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Chelsea Biondolillo, Eula Biss, Barrie Jean Borich, Joy Castro, Meghan Daum, Jaquira Diaz, Laurie Lynn Drummond, Patricia Foster, Roxane Gay, Leslie Jamison, Margo Jefferson, Sonja Livingston, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Brenda Miller, Michele Morano, Kyoko Mori, Bich Minh Nguyen, Adriana Paramo, Jericho Parms, Torrey Peters, Kristen Radtke, Wendy Rawlings, Cheryl Strayed, Dana Tommasino, Sarah Valentine, Neela Vaswani, Nicole Walker, Amy Wright


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