My craft piece, “The Essay & the Art of Equivocation,” is up at Brevity. It’s about why the successful essay demands an agile, equivocative mind that is open and inclusive. But it is also a piece that has a political hue. Check it out here.
My essay, “Finding Emily & Elizabeth”–out now in The Georgia Review–is being featured on Poetry Daily’s site. Check it out. And you while you are there, bookmark PD. It’s a great site. But you already knew that.
Awhile back, I had the chance to sit down once again with Montana Public Radio’s Cherie Newman on her fantastic show, “The Write Question.” It was a lot of fun to be part of such an amazing series of interviews. There a ton of interviews over there that are just straight-up awesome to listen to, but could also be really useful in the classroom as well. Check it out. You can hear my interview by clicking here.
My essay, “Esto Perpetua,” which first appeared in Ecotone, was selected as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2013. This is my fourth Notable Essay (the others were given the nod in 2007, 2008, and 2009.) It’s a pleasant surprise to find your own name in there brushing up against other “S” authors like David Shields, Lauren Slater, and David Sedaris, but I am also reminded of something Anne Fadiman said in her Introduction to The BAE in 2003: “What exactly was that list of ‘Notable Essays’ in the back (in which I myself had been sequestered for years before finally making it into the sacred precincts of the collection itself)?” Sequestered. Yes. But she gives one hope. Maybe you have to survive the Notable Bootcamp for a few years before being invited into the Officer’s Club. At any rate, I’ll take it. There are worse ways to be sequestered.
I was recently asked by Sports Illustrated to write a review of the Corner Club bar here in Moscow, which is another way of saying I was paid to go to a bar, drink, and write about drinking in said bar. Well, okay then. You can check it out here.
“Let’s get one thing out of the way right off the bat: Schrand is a fantastic writer and a great storyteller, weaving detail and humor in such a way that you don’t notice the pages flying by. Complete honesty reigns in this memoir about his transition from boyhood in rural Idaho to becoming a man during college in Utah. . . As he used books throughout his life to categorize his different stages of growth, the creativity and cohesiveness of the stories are well-blended with wit and truth and are never boring.”–Idaho Statesman.