Contributors: Nancer Ballard, H. Lee Barnes, Kim Barnes, Mary Clearman Blew, Joy Castro, Robin Hemley, Judith Kitchen, Brenda Miller, Ander Monson, Dinty W. Moore, Sean Prentiss, Lia Purpura, Erik Reece, Jonathan Rovner, Bob Shacochis, and Joe Wilkins.
"Prentiss and Wilkins have gathered together some of the freshest voices and brightest stars in contemporary nonfiction writing for this anthology on process and practice. The anthology will be especially useful to teachers of creative writing who are looking for succinct, spot-on essays about the craft of writing nonfiction. Each essay offers the reader some new avenue or technique in nonfiction writing to chew on, to ruminate over, and to be emboldened by for future incorporation into one’s own creative work."
—Debra Marquart, author of The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere
"Through nonlinearity and narrative, fragmentation and fictionalization, epistemology and e-communication, these captivating meta-essays extend conversations about the essay to (re)consider how we shape our personal mythologies, our memories, and our musings on the page. Prentiss and Wilkins have collected a strong and engaging group of writers to stand at The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre to not only examine the form and function of the twenty-first century essay, but to contemplate how the essayist attempts to reconcile the layered realities of what’s real, what’s remembered, and what’s online. Here is an essay collection with edge."
—Jill Talbot, editor of Metawritings: Toward a Theory of Nonfiction