South Loop Review Nonfiction + Art Blog

John D'Agata writes, "essay emphasizes an activity—that attempt, that trying, that experimenting.  I think it opens up new possibilities . . ."  (Essay is essai in French, meaning: "trial, experiment, attempt.")
Essays, art, and photography can be used as a way to create more than just a story. It is thought: an opening into an artist's brain that is processing, rationalizing, and attempting to figure out the world. To understand the world is to linger on your surroundings, the past, and possibly the future: in meditation, inquiry, and reflection.
This blog is meant to be a place of habitation for such subjects.

Interview with Colette Brooks

I always tell my writing students—which sort of shocks them in a way—that your goal in this writing class is not to put words on the paper, it’s to take them away. That’s really hard for them to grasp at first because they think the whole thing is, "I’ve got to write." I say, "That’s not writing. That’s typing."

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April 3 2014

Five Websites to Help You Write

March 18 2014


March 10 2014

Interview with CM Burroughs

November 27 2013

Volume 15 Pushcart Prize Nominations

November 22 2013

Small Nonfiction Books that Prompt Larger Ideas