Lost Origins of the Essay

The Lost Origins of the Essay: Celebrating the History of Literary Nonfiction

A reading with Tisa Bryant, Bernard Cooper, Ben Ehrenreich and Amy Gerstler

“[The Lost Origins of the Essay is an] imaginative international collection that showcases the art of short nonfiction at its best.” Publisher’s Weekly

From Ziusudra of Sumer to Heraclitus, from Sei Shōnagon to Bashō, from de Montaigne to Swift, from Cortázar and Duras to contemporary nonfiction writers—the essay form through 4,500 years of literary history is on full display in The Lost Origins of the Essay, the exhilarating new anthology edited and introduced by John D’Agata (Halls of Fame, The Next American Essay, About a Mountain). The recent publication of this idiosyncratic landmark brings together four of L.A.’s most engaging writing talents—Tisa Bryant, Bernard Cooper, Ben Ehrenreich and Amy Gerstler—to give readings inspired by their favorite pieces in D’Agata’s 650-page world tour of innovative nonfiction. Tisa Bryant is the author of the hybrid essay collection Unexplained Presence; award-winning writer Bernard Cooper most recently penned The Bill from My Father: A Memoir; journalist and regular LA Weekly contributor Ben Ehrenreich is the author of the novel The Suitors; and poet Amy Gerstler has published more than a dozen books, the latest of which is Dearest Creature.

Organized by Maggie Nelson of the CalArts MFA Writing Program with John D’Agata.

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SUN 4/25
7 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff