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How We Speak to One Another

Essays edited by Ander Monson and Craig Reinbold

The best of Essay Daily—each a writer in conversation with and about an essay, whatever its variety, contemporary and classic.

March 14, 2017
6 x 9 | 275 Pages
Trade Paper

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ISBN: 978-1-56689-457-9.


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The essay is rhizomatic: it builds off and shoots out conversations between us every time we read, reread, or write. When we speak back to others we amplify ourselves and get a foothold in an ongoing conversation. How We Speak to One Another collects those conversations, giving context to a genre, deepening the flexibility and vitality of its many forms.

Ander Monson is the author, most recently, of Letter to a Future Lover: Marginalia, Errata, Secrets, Inscriptions, and Other Ephemera Found in Libraries (Graywolf Press). He is also the author of Vanishing Point, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Neck Deep and Other Predicaments. He edits DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. Monson lives in Tucson and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona.

Craig Reinbold’s writing has appeared in many journals and magazines including the Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, New England Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, and Brevity. He was the managing editor of Essay Daily from 2013-2016.

Contributors include: Ander Monson, Marcia Aldrich, Kristen Radtke, Robin Hemley, Robert Atwan, Matt Dube, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, T. Clutch Fleischmann, Rigoberto González, Kati Standefer, Julie Lauterbach-Colby, César Diaz, Emily Deprang, Lucas Mann, Danica Novgorodoff, Bonnie J. Rough, Peter Grandbois, Albert Goldbarth, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Steven Church, Bethany Maile, David Legault, Joni Tevis, John D’Agata, Meehan Crist,Thomas Mira Y Lopez, Danielle Deulen, John T. Price, Maya L. Kapoor, Chelsea Biondolillo, Megan Kimble, Brian Doyle, Nicole Walkder, Paul Lisicky, Brian Oliu, Pam Houston, Dave Mondy, Phillip Lopate, Amy Benson, Patrick Madden, Elena Passarello, Erin Zwiener, Patricia Vigderman, and Ryan Van Meter.


“Less a practical guide than an anthology of think pieces, How We Speak to One Another will nonetheless send nonfiction writers eagerly back to their desks. And it’s a fun read, even for nonwriters.” —Publishers Weekly

“This book clearly demonstrates the essay is alive and well, kicking and evolving, grappling with its place in literature.”Kirkus Reviews

“Essays react, essays entertain, essays establish, essays contradict, and essays beget—illustrations, discussions, illuminations, and of course more essays. This big collection of (of course) small or manageably sized essays about great essays offers beautiful comics and reminiscences, fake interviews and real fencing, along with approachable, step-by-step, classroom- and subway-car- friendly lit crit. And it does not just try (or ‘essay’) to do things you’ll remember, things you’ll appreciate (from introducing Samuel R. Delany to helping you write past trauma), it succeeds.” —Steph Burt