Essays

300 Arguments

Sarah Manguso

,

2017

A brilliant and exhilarating sequence of aphorisms from one of our greatest essayists

The Adventures of Form and Content

Essays
Albert Goldbarth

,

2017

An astounding work of doubles by Albert Goldbarth, “a dazzling virtuoso who can break your heart” (Joyce Carol Oates)

The Black Interior

Elizabeth Alexander

,

2004

"Elizabeth Alexander is one of the brightest stars in our literary sky . . . a superb, invaluable commentator on the American scene."—Arnold Rampersad

Body Language

Writers on Sport
Gerald Early, Editor

,

1998
Thirteen writers contribute to the Graywolf Forum on humanity's enduring obsession with sports

Bunk

The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News
Kevin Young

,

2017

Has the hoax now moved from the sideshow to take the center stage of American culture?

Burning Down the House

Essays on Fiction
Charles Baxter

,

2008

Graywolf reissues one of its most successful essay collections with two new essays and a new forward by Charles Baxter.

By Herself

Women Reclaim Poetry
Edited by Molly McQuade

,

2000

"No poet will read this book without learning something new about the nuances of the craft, and no critic will read it without realizing the need for such liveliness."—Library Journal

Can Poetry Matter?

Essays on Poetry and American Culture
Dana Gioia; New Introduction by the Author

,

2002

"If you're an educated general reader, and you read only one book about contemporary poetry, this should be that book."—Booklist

Changing the Subject

Art and Attention in the Internet Age
Sven Birkerts

,

2015
Trenchant, expansive essays on the cultural consequences of ongoing, all-permeating technological innovation

Coin of the Realm

Essays on the Art and Life of Poetry
Carl Phillips

,

2004

The Award-winning poet Carl Phillips grapples with issues of authority, identity, and beauty in these sensual and deeply intelligent essays

Pages

Subscribe to Essays