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VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

Ruminate magazine invited me to judge the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize this year, and I can't wait to read the submissions. The deadline is November 15, 2018, and the grand prize is $1500 and publication. More info is available here.

Back in the Swing of Things

Back in the Swing of Things

“The way to rock oneself back into writing is this. First gentle exercise in the air. Second the reading of good literature. It is a mistake to think that literature can be produced from the raw. One must get out of life...one must become externalised; very, very...

Constraint and Wildness

"My trouble seems to be to bring together in me the Puritanical iron hand of constraint and the gushes of pure wildness. One can't survive or write without both but they need to come to terms. Rather narrow walking." - Robert Lowell in a letter to Elizabeth Bishop,...

Five-Star Review from Bust

Such a beautiful review from Bust magazine. Thank you, Laurie Cedilnik! Here's an excerpt: “This compelling debut is shaped like a search for a long-lost friend, or an examination of a love affair that left the author forever changed. . . . Wilbanks weaves a fiercely...

Publisher’s Weekly Review

Publisher’s Weekly Review

I got an awesome early birthday present today: a starred review from Publisher's Weekly for When I Spoke in Tongues! Here's a snippet: “Wilbanks, winner of a Pushcart Prize for essay writing, debuts with the captivating story of how she turned away from God. She...

Between Us and Ourselves: Personal Essay Workshop

Between Us and Ourselves: Personal Essay Workshop

I'll be teaching a three-week personal essay workshop at Grackle and Grackle on Tuesday nights, starting September 18th. The full description is available here. There will be generative exercises, opportunities to workshop short pieces, and lots of great readings.