Upon receiving word Sunday that a brief essay of mine had been listed as notable in the new Best American Nonrequired Reading, 2009, I was so rattled that I let the broom out and swept the floor with my cat.
“Three Graces” first appeared in Brevity, one of my favorite journals. Brevity has published “extremely brief” essays for a decade now, with the indefatigable Dinty W. Moore at the helm. Now it also traffics in craft essays, book reviews, and a saucy blog. It’s one of those publications that anthology and textbook editors seem to trawl consistently, and I’m thankful to Dinty and his crew for the opportunity.