First off: I’m so glad you’re here!
I know that you have a lot of places available to you in this enormous digital space, and the fact that you’ve come here is a privilege and a pleasure. So–thank you.
My name is Esmé (pronounced EZ-may). I’m a writer and essayist—born in the Midwest, raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a graduate from the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Find out more about me here.
I’m the author of the novel The Border of Paradise (2016), which was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016 , and have been published in places such as The Believer, Hazlitt, Lenny, Elle, Catapult, Eater, and Salon; I’ve also made appearances on NPR’s Weekend Edition, KCRW, the New York Times, the CBC, Flavorwire, and the New Yorker Online. At the moment, I’m working on The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays, a collection of essays about schizophrenia for Graywolf Press, which is the result of having won the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Find out more about my writing here.
Part of my work at esmewang.com is to provide resources for ambitious people living with limitations to build resilience, excellence, and legacy. Tools designed to help writers and other creatives include Where’s the Electricity?, an acclaimed program about creating from obsessions and themes, as well as the free resource, Creative Legacy Check-In, which you can get in your inbox after signing up for my monthly letter. Sign up for With Love & Squalor here.
I’m also a woman who lives with chronic illness, including late-stage Lyme disease and schizoaffective disorder. These conditions create boundaries for my life; they also inspire me to guide and support others who are dealing with difficult times. I offer a free series of emails called Encouragement Notes, as well as entry into a supportive, thriving Facebook group made up of fascinating and resilient people of all sorts. My signature online course, Rawness of Remembering, is a much-loved program that teaches the skills needed for restorative journaling through difficult times. All of these things can be found in my online shop. Find the Shop here.
To begin, here is some of the top writing from the Journal, my blog:
- Other people’s success: on artistic jealousy.
- Reveil, or, When we know what we hold most dear.
- Redefining ambition.
- To the man my husband bumped into at Whole Foods.
- On Robin Williams, mental health advocacy, & small gestures of comfort.
- Impact, everyday legacy, & the fake nest.
With love & squalor,