It’s hard to believe that Connotation Press is approaching its first anniversary of publication. To me, it doesn’t feel like much more than four months. But that’s probably because I came onboard four months ago.
This month I’m proud to present four very different pieces that emerge from the same genre, four essays that demonstrate how diverse and strong and vibrant this enormous species known as creative nonfiction can be.
Joan Connor is Professor in Fiction Writing at Ohio University and a professor in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program. Her third collection of short stories, History Lessons, won the AWP Award, 2002. Her previous collections are Here on Old Route 7 and We Who Live Apart.
Joe Bonomo’s essays and prose poems appear recently in Fourth Genre, Brevity, New Ohio Review, Hotel Amerika, and Center. He’s the author of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell (33 1/3 Series), Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found, Installations (National Poetry Series),
Allison Pranger, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, is currently an MA in Professional Writing and Editing candidate at West Virginia University and is working full-time as a technical writer in Fairmont, WV.
Marlaina Gaspardi is currently wrapping up her MFA at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She teaches high school English and creative writing at Old Rochester Regional High School and lives happily in a little apartment on a quiet street with her fiancé.
JP Reese earned a BS in psychology and an AA in Health Sciences from The University of Bridgeport in 1979 and 1980 before she was swallowed by the gaping maw of the restaurant business. From Nashville, to Miami, to Dallas, she twirled bottles, pouring ounce and a quarter shots behind her back,
Michael Lipsey grew up in Chicago, a city that does not like to waste words, and after forty years in California, the Chicago still shows in his writing. He read the Great Books at Shimer College and remains an active observer of intellectual, religious and popular culture.