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Jessie van Eerden

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May 15, 1979

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A West Virginia native, Jessie van Eerden holds a BA in English from West Virginia University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in The Oxford American, River Teeth, Image, Bellingham Review, Rock & Sling, and other publications. Her essays have been selected for inclusion in Dreams and Inward Journeys: A Rhetoric and Reader for Writers, Seventh Edition (Longman, 2010); Best American Spiritual Writing (Houghton Mifflin, 2006); and Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical (Cascade Books of Wipf and Stock, 2009). She was selected as the 2007-2008 Milton Fellow with Image and Seattle Pacific University for work on her first novel, Glorybound (WordFarm, 2012).

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Glorybound

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My Radio Radio

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The Crazy Hunter by Kay Boyle
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In R’s MFA class on point of view at the last residency, he used complex pieces from Lawrence Durrell, Kay Boyle, William Goyen, Rick Bass; the tale requires a fluid point of view, he said, they are representing states of mind and of being. Talking a ...more
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Trampoline by Robert Gipe
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Today in Kim Kupperman's WVWC MFA residency seminar on using images to create/enhance narrative, she talked about the range of uses, from images that illustrate the text to those that "do something else," that is, images that associate with and energ ...more
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Cannot Stay by Kevin Oderman
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This book took my imagination off the beaten path, as Kevin’s work always does. In these travel essays he writes about the hungers and curiosities and questions and heartbreaks that send us traveling, each segment of each essay so incredibly well obs ...more
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The Murmuring Deep by Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
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Begun around November 2011 and finished on January 11, 2015:

“Shoot for something you can barely control” – it's a line from Barry Hannah that I cling to in writing, but I’m also beginning to cling to it in reading. It took me over 3 years to read Zor
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Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
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What’s so remarkable to me upon rereading this book (it’s been about 9 years since my first reading) is that I remember so little of it. All I remember is the haunting feeling it evoked. I find this book a miracle so it’s quite possible that I needed ...more
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So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell
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I finished this early this morning and feel such gratitude for it, such a brief book, nearly a novella; regret is hanging over my desk like something heavy and wet -- the book is focused by and made spare by regret and loss and a sense of "what if it ...more
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Strange as This Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake
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A successful protest novel for me (Pancake got me looking up resistance groups working against mountain-top removal); a lot of yearning in this book; I could feel it consistently; felt the homesickness running through it; had to play Townes Van Zandt ...more
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Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman
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The most thoughtful book I’ve read in some time, a highly introspective memoir that is about so many, many things, especially language and its relationship to self. Hoffman emigrates from Poland to Canada at age 13 and her insights speak into the lif ...more
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Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
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A quiet, gently sparkling book; the cloister of Sister John and the internal nature of the narrative (this nun struggling with the realization that her "kaleidoscope" of spiritual visions come from epilepsy) make me feel somewhat claustrophobic, but ...more
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Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty
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I first read this gorgeous slender book on a plane headed to Boston and it filled me with readiness to go to the museum and try to practice this kind of deep seeing. The book is like a hymn to seeing and describing, to uncovering depths of the thing ...more
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