brandon r. schrand


Just back from the awesome NonfictioNow Conference in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. It was good to see friends and meet new NF junkies and practitioners, or fellow “word sluts,” as David Shields rightfully deemed our ilk. My final panel–Memoir–Contemporary Forms–was a ton of good fun. What else would you expect with the eminent Bret Lott (one …

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My essay, “Esto Perpetua,” is in the current issue of Ecotone. It sits along some mind-blowing work by Peter Orner, Amy Leach, Robert Hass, Ron Rash, and others. The issue’s theme is “Remembrance.” Check it out. You know you want to.

I will be contributing book-related pieces to the badass, a mens’ lifestyle website. My first piece–5 books from 2011 that must be on your radar–will appear in two weeks. Stay tuned. My contributor’s note us up, and my new fancy-schmancy author photo will be up soon. In the meantime, check out PRZman. It’s awesome.

I was asked by Fugue to contribute a piece to their regional issue, which is a very handsome and impressive issue by any measure. You can read my essay, “Why I Stay,” online. Or better yet, subscribe to the journal and get the latest issue (their 20th Anniversary editon) and read works by Kim Barnes, …

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For all of you nonfiction junkies and students of the craft, you might want to check out Now Write! Nonfiction: Memoir, Journalism, and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers (Tarcher/Penguin 2009). I’ve got a piece in there called, “Portrait of the Past as Memory,” alongside some of my favorite nonfictioners. Happy to …

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