A Solemn Pleasure: To Imagine, Witness, and Write (The Art by Bret Anthony Johnston, Melissa Pritchard

By Bret Anthony Johnston, Melissa Pritchard

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In an essay entitled “Spirit and Vision" Melissa Pritchard poses the query: “Why write?" Her solution reverberates all through A Solemn excitement, featuring an indisputable case for either the facility of language and the nurturing fidelity of the writing lifestyles. no matter if describing the deeply inside creative existence required to write down fiction, trying to find the misplaced legacy of yank literature as embodied via Walt Whitman, being embedded with a tender lady GI in Afghanistan, touring with Ethiopian tribes, or revealing the heartrending tale of her informally followed son William, a former Sudanese baby slave, this is often nonfiction vividly engaged with the area. In those fifteen essays, Pritchard stocks her ardour for writing and storytelling that educates, honors, and inspires.
Melissa Pritchard is the writer of, such a lot lately, the radical Palmerino and the quick tale assortment The Odditorium. Her books have obtained the Flannery O'Connor, Janet Heidinger Kafka, and Carl Sandburg awards and of her brief fiction collections have been manhattan occasions amazing booklet and Editors' selection decisions. Pritchard has labored as a journalist in Afghanistan, India, and Ethiopia, and her nonfiction has seemed in quite a few guides, together with O, The Oprah journal, Arrive, Chicago Tribune, and Wilson Quarterly. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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