Lee Gutkind has performed as a clown for Ringling Brothers, scrubbed with heart and liver transplant surgeons, traveled with a crew of National League Baseball umpires, and wandered the country on a motorcycle–all as research for eight books and numerous profiles and essays. He is the author of An Unspoken Art, a Book-of-the-Month Club Selection, The Best Seat in Baseball, But You Have to Stand!, and the editor of A View From the Divide: Creative Nonfiction on Health and Science. Gutkind, founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, is also the editor for the Emerging Writers in Creative Nonfiction book series, serves as director for the Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference at Goucher College in Baltimore, and is a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. He lives in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh has always been—despite its industrial reputation—a great city in which to be a writer. Its active, close-knit writing community has seen the rise of several luminaries with Pittsburgh connections, such as Annie Dillard and Stewart O’Nan, and the caliber of Pittsburgh’s writing community today is better than ever. Lee Gutkind has assembled a reunion of sorts with writers from across the nation, as well as the up-and-coming stars on the local scene—each of whom has a Pittsburgh connection. Many grew up in the region, others attended college here: all of them have an association with the city. The resulting collection of essays is both gentle and jarring, eclectic and persuasive, covering a range of topics—from a stripper’s work ethic to West Virginia’s famed Matewan shootout, Atlantic City’s Boardwalk before Donald Trump, and the uses of poetry to better understand one’s own life. Although Pittsburgh is not the subject of most of the essays, these writers are bound by their affinity for the written word and their collective fondness for Pittsburgh.
In the tradition of Lewis Thomas, Stephen J. Gould, and Oliver Sachs, this special double issue of Creative Nonfiction, the only exclusively nonfiction literary journal, demonstrates the many ways in which aspects of the scientific world—from biology, medicine, physics, and astronomy—can be captured and dramatized for a humanities-oriented readership.
Edited and introduced by the award-winning author of Many Sleepless Nights , An Unspoken Art</I>, and A View from the Divide includes a diverse range of voices, from poets to immunologists and physicists, from established writers to up-and-coming new talent.