, Progressive Geographies: http://progressivegeographies.com/2015/07/16/how-we-write-thirteen-ways-of-looking-at-a-blank-page-edited-by-suzanne-conklin-akbari-forthcoming-from-punctum/
This little book arose spontaneously, in the late spring
of 2015, when a series of conversations emerged - first in a university
roundtable on graduate student dissertation-writing, and then in a
rapidly proliferating series of blog posts - on the topic of how we
One commentary generated another, each one characterized by
enormous speed, eloquence, and emotional forthrightness.
is not about how TO write, but how WE write: unlike a prescriptive
manual that promises to unlock the secret to efficient productivity, the
contributors talk about their own writing processes, in all their
messy, frustrated, exuberant, and awkward dis/order.
The contributors range from graduate students and recent PhDs to
senior scholars working in the fields of medieval studies, art history,
English literature, poetics, early modern studies, musicology, and
All are engaged in academic writing, but some of the
contributors also publish in other genres, includes poetry and fiction. Several contributors maintain a very active online presence, including
blogs and websites; all are committed to strengthening the bonds of
community, both in person and online, which helps to explain the
effervescent sense of collegiality that pervades the volume, creating
linkages across essays and extending outward into the wide world of
writers and readers.
Contributors include: Michael Collins, Suzanne Conklin Akbari,
Alexandra Gillespie, Alice Hutton Sharp, Asa Simon Mittman, Jeffrey
Jerome Cohen, Maura Nolan, Rick Godden, Bruce Holsinger, Stuart Elden,
Derek Gregory, Steve Mentz, and Dan Kline.
I’m delighted to have a piece in this collection, entitled ‘Writing
by Accumulation’, and to have friends in there too - Derek, Steve,
Jeffrey and Suzanne herself.
The book will be out in the autumn, will be
open access and print-on-demand, but please do make a donation to Punctum to keep this press working. If you can’t wait, Steve Mentz has posted some of his piece here; Jeffrey Jerome Cohen has a draft here; and a couple of blog posts that sparked the whole thing are here.