Weekly Treasure- Week Two

3 Feb

I am so excited about the essay that I found this week. I was looking through some essays online, when I found a link on brevity.com for craft essays. I’m currently working on something that loosely fits in the craft essay section of creative nonfiction, so I decided to check it out. I came across an essay called “The Craft of Writing Queer”, and who can pass that up? Not me.

You can read it here. Really, though. I’d read it.

The author, Barrie Jean Borich, talks about her personal experience entering into the world of creative nonfiction. She notes that when she just began writing that some of her professors told her that feminist or lesbian content was not literary.

Though the times have changed, and the field is definitely more open now, she makes a point that there is still room for improvement. In fact, in reference to this type of work, she says:

This is the work that as a journal editor I don’t see enough of, from women or men, trans, queer or straight—I fear because such essays are not often enough written, or perhaps not frequently enough rewarded with publication, kudos, tenure.

 

I’m so glad that I came across this essay. I had never read anything by this author, but I’m very happy that I have now.

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