Waveform, with Marcia Aldrich and Brenda Miller
Join us for an exciting afternoon exploring esssay writing by women, when Marcia Aldrich, editor of Waveform: Twenty-first-Centure Essays by Women, talks with one of her contributors, writer and teacher Brenda Miller.
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 30 essays by 30 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 of the 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 Aldrich, Miller, 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.
Marcia Aldrich lives on Bainbridge Island and is a professor of English at Michigan State University. She is the author of Girl Rearing: Memoir of a Girlhood Gone Astray and Companion to an Untold Story (Georgia), winner of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction. She is the former editor of the journal Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction.
Brenda Miller teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing and the MA program in English Studies at Western Washington University.
She is the author of An Earlier Life, Who You Will Become, Listening Against the Stone, Blessing of the Animals, and Season of the Body. She co-authored, with poet Holly J. Hughes, The Pen and the Bell: Mindufl writing in a Busy World. She is also the co-author of Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction.
Miller has received six Pushcart Prizes for her essay, which have been published in many journals, including Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun, Utne Reader, The Georgia Review, and The Missouri Review.
She lives in Bellingham, WA,