The Unexpected Shape

The Blog of Esmé Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang
EARLY MORNING: Here to Serve (Brittany Allen)

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EARLY MORNING: Here to Serve (Brittany Allen)

With this short piece by Brittany Allen, I’d like to introduce Early Morning. Early Morning is a literary journal under the umbrella of the Journal, with its own URL at earlymorningmagearlymorningmag.com. These pieces are meant to inspire as to the possibilities of literature, as well as to showcase new and emerging writers as a part of […]

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Legacy-building & lessons from Carli Lloyd.

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Legacy-building & lessons from Carli Lloyd.

Source: The New York Times She could have created a legacy for herself in the WWC in any number of ways. She told herself that she was going to leave a legacy, and when she saw her opportunity to quite literally take a shot, she did. Listen to me read the below here:   I’m […]

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Writer faints on plane, becomes medical mystery, contemplates creating with limitations.

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Writer faints on plane, becomes medical mystery, contemplates creating with limitations.

It was possible, I thought, that I would die. I turned the idea over and over in my head—dying would not be so bad; I had lived a good life. Listen to me read the below here:   In the mornings, when it is too easy for me to feel anxious and distractible, I keep […]

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On finding your writing voice.

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On finding your writing voice.

When I was asked more recently about how to find this elusive Voice, the One True Voice that every writer possesses, I tried to think about my own voice, and how it had developed over time. Listen to me read the below here:   I was asked recently about the question of finding one’s own […]

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On my favorite resources.

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On my favorite resources.

You may have, if you’re visiting the Journal through something other than a feed reader, noticed the affiliate links along the right-hand side of the page. I’ve read many a smart piece about why folks do or don’t feel comfortable using affiliate links; I, personally, have never considered it controversial because I have truly purchased, with […]

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A Series of Tender Points: An Interview with Amy Berkowitz

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A Series of Tender Points: An Interview with Amy Berkowitz

I feel particularly passionate about this interview, which I conducted with poet Amy Berkowitz about her forthcoming book, Tender Points (pub. date June 20, 2015). Amy and I met one another in graduate school, where I spent many an afternoon in her kitchen—Amy is an extraordinary cook—while sharing stories about our lives. As described by […]

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How to Get Over a Broken Heart with Fried Chicken

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How to Get Over a Broken Heart with Fried Chicken

art by Esmé: link to purchase It takes commitment to eat nothing but fried chicken for a week in a public space. It takes pluck to be so openly in public while nursing a broken heart. Listen to the below here:   In late 2014 I saved an article about a 26-year-old who stayed in a […]

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A big (& exciting!) announcement.

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A big (& exciting!) announcement.

In beginning any piece of writing, and particularly with a lengthy novel, the road ahead is unpredictable. I am currently away from home, and therefore without the appropriate equipment for audio. The customary audio component will be uploaded upon my return.   I spent the summer of 2009 in the sticky heat of Taiwan with two goals in […]

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Shaping Her Own Mythos: An Interview with Anna North

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Shaping Her Own Mythos: An Interview with Anna North

photo credit: Jenny Zhang I recently had the good fortune of interviewing my dear friend and brilliant author Anna North, whose second novel, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark (Blue Rider Press), will be released on May 19. In this conversation, we discuss the titular character of the novel, thoughts on celebrity and myth-making, the […]

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