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How much of the human experience can fit into 750 words? A lot, it turns out. Since its founding in 1997, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction has published hundreds of brief nonfiction essays by writers around the world, each within that strict word count. Over the past 20 years, Brevity has become one of the longest-running and most popular online literary publications, a journal readers regularly return to for insightful essays from skilled writers at every stage of their careers. Featuring examples of nonfiction forms such as memoir, narrative, lyric, braided, hermit crab, and hybrid, The Best of Brevity brings you 84 of the best-loved and most memorable reader favorites, collected in print for the first time. Compressed to their essence, these essays glint with drama, grief, love, and anger, as well as innumerable other lived intensities, resulting in an anthology that is as varied as it is unforgettable, leaving the reader transformed.
With contributions from Krys Malcolm Belc, Jenny Boully, Brian Doyle, Roxane Gay, Daisy Hernández, Michael Martone, Ander Monson, Patricia Park, Kristen Radtke, Diane Seuss, Abigail Thomas, Jia Tolentino, and so many more, The Best of Brevity offers unparalleled diversity of style, form, and perspective for those interested in reading, writing, or teaching the flash nonfiction form.
Zoë Bossiere, co-editor of The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction, is a doctoral candidate at Ohio University, with a dual concentration in creative writing and rhetoric and composition. She is managing editor of Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction and a podcast host for the New Books Network’s Literature channel, where she interviews authors about their debut books of nonfiction. Her writing has been published in Guernica, The Rumpus, North Dakota Quarterly, and Essay Daily, among other places.
Dinty W. Moore, co-editor of The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction, is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize, and is editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, among many other books. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Arts & Letters, and The Normal School and many other venues. He edits Brevity: : A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction and he is deathly afraid of polar bears.
Rajpreet Heir is an Indian from Indiana. She received her B.A. in English Writing from DePauw University and her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from George Mason University. Upon graduating, she moved to New York City and worked first for Getty Images and then TED Conferences. An assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Ithaca College, she now lives in Ithaca, New York. Rajpreet has published nonfiction in both commercial and literary venues including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Brevity, The Normal School, and others. Many of these essays are part of a book-in-progress entitled Indian in Indiana.
Torrey Peters is the author of the novel Detransition, Baby, which will be published by One World in January of 2021, as well as the novellas Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The Masker. She also holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. Torrey rides a pink motorcycle and splits her time between Brooklyn and an off-grid cabin in Vermont.
Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (2017), and the forthcoming books Seek You: Essays on American Loneliness (2021), for which she received a 2019 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, and Terrible Men, a graphic novel, all from Pantheon. She is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Atlantic, The Guardian, GQ, Vogue, Oxford American, and many other places.