Reading Matters

Brevity is the soul of these essays

I’m always amazed at the great blogs and sites that pop up by putting a word or two into “Google” and watching what happens.

That’s how I found the online journal Brevity, Brevity which offers brief essays (750 words or less) as well as book reviews, craft essays and a blog. It’s been operating for two decades and has published well-known and emerging writers. Though committed to publishing new writers, Brevity states that it has “enjoyed an embarrassment of recent riches, including the work of two Pulitzer prize finalists, numerous NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia and Japan.”

The other day, I opened Brevity and there was Charlotte’s own Rebecca McClanahan, with several essays and craft essays.

A recent one is: “Advance Directive to My Future Roommate at a Yet-to-be-Named Care Facility.” Her craft essays include “Forest in the Trees: The Challenges of Shaping a Book (Not a Collection) of Essays.”

McClanahan has written 10 books. The most recent is “Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community and a Century of Change.” She teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University of Charlotte and Rainier Writing Workshop in the state of Washington.