Brief Encounters

WW. NORTON  | AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 9, 2015

edited with Dinah Lenney

The late Judith Kitchen, editor of the perennially popular anthologies Short Takes, In Short, and In Brief, was greatly influential in recognizing and establishing flash creative nonfiction as a form in its own right. In Brief Encounters, she and writer/editor/actor Dinah Lenney expand this vibrant field with nearly eighty new selections: shorts—as these sharply focused pieces have come to be known—representing an impressive range of voices, perspectives, sensibilities, and forms. Brief Encounters features the work of the emerging and the established—including Stuart Dybek, Roxanne Gay, Eduardo Galeano, Leslie Jamison, and Julian Barnes—arranged by theme to explore the human condition in ways intimate, idiosyncratic, funny, sad, provocative, lyrical, unflinching. From the rant to the rave, the meditation to the polemic, the confession to the valediction, this collection of shorts—this celebration of true and vivid prose—will enlarge your world.

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The Poets Guide to the Birds

ANHINGA PRESS  |  FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY  |  2009

edited with Ted Kooser

The painter, Walter Inglis Anderson, once said that birds are the holes in the sky through which we can see God, and I think that many of us look upon birds with the kind of awe and wonder Anderson’s statement suggests. And, sometimes, poems about birds are better than seeing the birds themselves. Judith Kitchen and I, like enthusiastic birdwatchers, here point our fingers toward poems that might otherwise go unnoticed amidst the dense foliage of contemporary poetry. We hope our readers will enjoy this book just half as much as if they’d actually seen all the birds these poems represent.

—Ted Kooser

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Short Takes

W.W. NORTON | 2005

In the years since the perennially popular In Short and In Brief were published, readers have come to delight in the deft focus of the succinct piece we now call The Short. Extending this trend, Short Takes presents over seventy-five writers whose range and style demonstrate the myriad ways we humans have of telling our truths. Themes develop and speak to or collide with one another: musings about parents, childhood, sports, weather, war, solitude, nature, loss–and, of course, love.

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In Brief

W.W. NORTON | 1999

edited with Mary Paumier Jones

Publishers Weekly said: “Even readers skeptical of short-attention-span publishing will find these shorts addictive.” In their previous collection Judith Kitchen and Mary Paumier Jones coined the term “short” for those creative nonfiction pieces–literary rather than informational, and characteristically short–that are attracting our finest writers.

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In Short

W.W. NORTON | 1996

edited with Mary Paumier Jones

Delights and surprises await the reader in this rich gathering of Shorts (ranging from several paragraphs to two thousand words). From Diane Ackerman’s fascination with hummingbirds, to Andrei Codrescu’s idiosyncratic view of nostalgia, to Albert Goldbarth’s free-wheeling riff on the universe, each Short becomes a sharply focused lens on an outer world or an inner sensibility.

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