John D'Agata




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John D’Agata is the author of Halls of Fame: Essays, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact, as well as the editor of the 3-volume series A New History of the Essay,, which includes the anthologies The Next American Essay, The Making of the American Essay, and The Lost Origins of the Essay. His work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. He holds a B.A. from Hobart College and two M.F.A.s from the University of Iowa, and recently his essays have appeared in ,i>The Believer, Harper's, Gulf Coast, and Conjunctions. John D’Agata lives in Iowa City with a dog named Boeing, and he teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa ...more

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The Lifespan of a Fact

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About a Mountain

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The Next American Essay

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Halls of Fame: Essays

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The Lost Origins of the Essay

4.47 avg rating — 160 ratings — published 2009
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On Knowing & Not

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The Making of the American ...

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date: April 22, 2016 07:00PM
location: The United States
description: John D’Agata will read from his new work, THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN ESSAY (Graywolf Press, March 2016), on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 PM at McNally Jackson. A reading and conversation with Meghan Daum.
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date: April 09, 2016 12:00PM
location: Prairie Lights Bookstore , The United States
description: John D’Agata will read from his new work, THE MAKING OF THE AMERICAN ESSAY (Graywolf Press, March 2016), on Saturday, April 9th at 12:00 PM at Prairie Lights Bookstore as part of the Mission Creek Lit Festival. A reading and conversation with Richard Preston, Charlie D’Ambrosio, Kerry Howley, and Inara Verzemnieks.
More of John's books…
“What happens when an essayist starts imagining things, making things up, filling in blank spaces, or — worse yet — leaving the blanks blank?”
John D'Agata, The Next American Essay

“Maybe every essay automatically is in some way experimental — less an outline traveling toward a foregone conclusion than an unmapped quest that has sprung from the word 'question'.”
John D'Agata, The Next American Essay

“Sometimes the essay is where we end up when everything that we know must change.”
John D'Agata, The Lost Origins of the Essay

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