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Fourth Genre Founding Editor Michael Steinberg Launches Creative Nonfiction Blog

Fans and writers of creative nonfiction, you might be interested in a new blog launched by Michael Steinberg. For those of you who don’t know Mike or who haven’t read his work, he is the founding editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, one of the premier literary journals that solely publish creative nonfiction. Mike has written, co-written and edited five books and a stage play, and his essays and memoirs have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. In 2004, Foreword Magazine chose his memoir Still Pitching as the Independent Press Memoir of the Year. The Association of American University Presses also listed Still Pitching in “Books Selected for School Libraries.”

Other titles include Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs From Michigan (a finalist for the 2000 Forward Magazine Independent Press Anthology of the Year and the 2000 Great Lakes Book Sellers Award) and an anthology, The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/​on Creative Nonfiction, co-edited with Robert Root, now in its sixth edition. Many creative nonfiction classes use the anthology as a course text.

Mike has also been a guest writer and teacher at many colleges and universities, as well as at several national and international writers’ conferences. Currently, he is writer-in-residence at the Solstice low-residency MFA program at Pine Manor College, from which I earned my MFA.

Mike enjoys both starting and participating in dialogues about Creative Nonfiction (his recent panel at AWP was titled “Crafting the Made-Up Self” and featured Phillip Lopate, Mimi Schwartz, and Thomas Larson). I’m sure the ideas he brings up on his blog will be informative and perhaps, at times, provocative. He looks forward to your feedback in the comments section.

Michael Steinberg’s blog can be found here: