Click through to read our list, and please do add your own suggestions for top-notch essayists we should all be reading in the comments. Though Robinson is much lauded for her fiction she won the Pulitzer Prize for her second novel, Gilead , she is equally adored for her incisive essays, which often take hard looks at Americanism and the social political system writ both large and very small. With exacting, witty prose, Sullivan tackles pop culture and history with equal ability, writing about everything from Real World alumni to Christian rock festivals in the Ozarks to Constantine Rafinesque, a nineteenth-century genius struggling for a foothold. Not that she really needs it, however — Ozick has no less than seven essay collections to her name, alongside a host of novels and short fiction, and writes on almost every subject, though she tends to favor the Jewish American lens.
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For the purpose of this post, "Asian-American" refers to Americans or those who identify as American of any Asian descent. Alexander Chee is an essayist and the author of the novel Edinburgh and the forthcoming The Queen of the Night. Chee was the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award in Why you should read him: Alexander Chee's work thoughtfully touches upon sexuality, race, and identity, but beyond that, his writing strives to capture the universal experience of what it means to be human, and all the flawed beauty that it entails. Why you should read him: Paul Yoon's lyrical prose burns brightly on the page, and his work addresses some of the bleakest circumstances: the legacy of war and the loneliness and isolation that can accompany it.
African American Haiku
As definitions go, Huxley's is no more or less exact than Francis Bacon's "dispersed meditations," Samuel Johnson's "loose sally of the mind" or Edward Hoagland's "greased pig. Since Montaigne adopted the term "essay" in the 16th century to describe his "attempts" at self-portrayal in prose , this slippery form has resisted any sort of precise, universal definition. But that won't an attempt to define the term in this brief article. In the broadest sense, the term "essay" can refer to just about any short piece of nonfiction -- an editorial, feature story, critical study, even an excerpt from a book.
African American Haiku: Cultural Visions offers insights into African American poets' innovations in the haiku form, shedding light on a neglected aspect of black poetry. Notable scholars present new interpretations of well-known works. Sachi Nakachi investigates the influence of Japanese aesthetics and Eastern philosophy on Richard Wright's haiku showing Wright's interest in the blues as poetry.