I'll Tell You Mine: Thirty Years Of Essays From The Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program

Paperback | November 19, 2015

EditorHope Edelman, Robin HemleyPrologue byRobert Atwan

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The University of Iowa is a leading light in the writing world. In addition to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for poets and fiction writers, it houses the prestigious Nonfiction Writing Program (NWP), which was the first full-time masters-granting program in this genre in the United States. Over the past three decades the NWP has produced some of the most influential nonfiction writers in the country.

I’ll Tell You Mine is an extraordinary anthology, a book rooted in Iowa’s successful program that goes beyond mere celebration to present some of the best nonfiction writing of the past thirty years. Eighteen pieces produced by Iowa graduates exemplify the development of both the program and the field of nonfiction writing. Each is accompanied by commentary from the author on a challenging issue presented by the story and the writing process, including drafting, workshopping, revising, and listening to (or sometimes ignoring) advice. The essays are put into broader context by a prologue from Robert Atwan, founding editor of the Best American Essays series, who details the rise of nonfiction as a literary genre since the New Journalism of the 1960s.

Creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing writing concentration in the country, with more than one hundred and fifty programs in the United States. I’ll Tell You Mine shows why Iowa’s leads the way. Its insider’s view of the Iowa program experience and its wealth of groundbreaking nonfiction writing will entertain readers and inspire writers of all kinds.

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The University of Iowa is a leading light in the writing world. In addition to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for poets and fiction writers, it houses the prestigious Nonfiction Writing Program (NWP), which was the first full-time masters-granting program in this genre in the United States. Over the past three decades the NWP has produced ...

Hope Edelman is best known for her book Motherless Daughters, which has been followed by two revised editions and two sequels, and her memoir The Possibility of Everything. She teaches nonfiction writing at Antioch University in Los Angeles and returns every summer to teach in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Robin Hemley is writer-in...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:November 19, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction

Prologue: How Nonfiction Finally Achieved Literary Status
Robert Atwan

One Blue Note
Marilyn Abildskov (1997)

Black Men
Faith Adiele (2002)

Borders
Jon Anderson (1990)

Cousins
Jo Ann Beard (1994)

O Wilderness
Joe Blair (1995)

Anechoic
Ashley Butler (2008)

Round Trip
John D’Agata (1998)

Bruce Springsteen and the Story of Us
Hope Edelman (1992)

The Rain Makes the Roof Sing
Tom Montgomery Fate (1986)

How I Know Orion
Will Jennings (1997)

Grammar Lessons: The Subjunctive Mood
Michele Morano (2001)

JUDY! JUDY! JUDY!
Elena Passarello (2008)

The Bamenda Syndrome
David Torrey Peters (2009)

High Maintenance
John T. Price (1997)

Slaughter
Bonnie Rough (2005)

Things I Will Want to Tell You on Our First Date but Won’t
Ryan Van Meter (2008)

The Last Days of the Baldock
Inara Verzemnieks (2013)

Desperate for the Story
George Yatchisin (1988)

Acknowledgments
Editors and Contributors

Contents
(Chronological)

The Rain Makes the Roof Sing
Tom Montgomery Fate (1986)

Desperate for the Story
George Yatchisin (1988)

Borders
Jon Anderson (1990)

Bruce Springsteen and the Story of Us
Hope Edelman (1992)

Cousins
Jo Ann Beard (1994)

O Wilderness
Joe Blair (1995)

One Blue Note
Marilyn Abildskov (1997)

How I Know Orion
Will Jennings (1997)

High Maintenance
John Price (1997)

Round Trip
John D’Agata (1998)

Grammar Lessons: The Subjunctive Mood
Michele Morano (2001)

Black Men
Faith Adiele (2002)

Slaughter
Bonnie Rough (2005)

Anechoic
Ashley Butler (2008)

JUDY! JUDY! JUDY!
Elena Passarello (2008)

Things I Will Want to Tell You on Our First Date but Won’t
Ryan Van Meter (2008)

The Bamenda Syndrome
David Torrey Peters (2009)

The Last Days of the Baldock
Inara Verzemnieks (2013)

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"Those of us who craft stories without inventing them as fiction writers do, or who pursue elusive ideas through the labyrinths of essays, or who speak in personal voices about public issues and shared mysteries—all of us in this tribe of truth-seekers owe a debt of gratitude to the scholars, teachers, and writers in the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program. They are pioneers, and talented ones. The fruits of their endeavors are on display here, in a collection that suggests the broad range of styles and subjects of this versatile genre."