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Literary Nonfiction. Flash Nonfiction. Essays. Memoir. Hybrid. How much of the human experience can fit into 750 words? A lot, it turns out. Since its founding in 1997, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction has published hundreds of brief nonfiction essays by writers around the world, each within that strict word count. Over the past 20 years, Brevity has become one of the longest-running and most popular online literary publications, a journal readers regularly return to for insightful essays from skilled writers at every stage of their careers. Featuring examples of nonfiction forms such as memoir, narrative, lyric, braided, hermit crab, and hybrid, The Best of Brevity brings you 84 of the best-loved and most memorable reader favorites, collected in print for the first time. Compressed to their essence, these essays glint with drama, grief, love, and anger, as well as innumerable other lived intensities, resulting in an anthology that is as varied as it is unforgettable, leaving the reader transformed.
Amy E. Butcher is an essayist and the author of Mothertrucker (Little A/Topple Books, 2022), which in July 2019 was acquired by Makeready Films for film development with Primetime Emmy-winning Jill Soloway directing and Academy and Golden Globe-winning actress Julianne Moore in a starring role. In February 2020, the Ohio Arts Council awarded excerpts of Mothertrucker an Individual Excellence Award, calling the book "well researched," "very well-written," and "a positive antidote to the trauma of violence against women.” Additional work has appeared in Granta, Harper's, The New York Times "Modern Love," The New York Times Sunday Review, The Iowa Review, Lit Hub, Guernica, and Brevity, among others. She presently serves as an Associate Professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan University and teaches annually at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska. She lives in Ohio with her three rescue dogs, beautiful beasts.
Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food, Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer, Pot Farm, and Barolo; the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and 2 chapbooks. His forthcoming nonfiction book, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers (about, among other things, the ways in which carrier pigeons are used by diamond smuggling rings) is due out February 2021 from W.W. Norton: Liveright, provided our world is still in existence by then.
Diane Seuss’s most recent collection, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, (Graywolf Press 2018) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. frank: sonnets is forthcoming from Graywolf in 2021. Seuss is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. She was raised by a single mother in rural Michigan, which she continues to call home.
Zoë Bossiere, co-editor of The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction, is a doctoral candidate at Ohio University, with a dual concentration in creative writing and rhetoric and composition. She is managing editor of Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction and a podcast host for the New Books Network’s Literature channel, where she interviews authors about their debut books of nonfiction. Her writing has been published in Guernica, The Rumpus, North Dakota Quarterly, and Essay Daily, among other places. Find her online at zoebossiere.com.
Dinty W. Moore, co-editor of The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction, is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize, and is editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, among many other books. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, and many other venues. He edits Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction and he is deathly afraid of polar bears.