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The Third Step

A video essay based on the print essay “The Third Step” by Sheryl St. Germain, originally published in Fourth Genre (Spring 2014).

Read by Sheryl St. Germain.

Realized and music by Jonathan Ritz.

The Ballet Teacher

Episode 9: Olivia Wolfgang-Smith

You may remember Olivia Wolfgang-Smith’s essay “Warehouse” from the 16.1 issue of Fourth Genre, in which she talks about visiting New York’s Attica Correctional Facility. In this episode of Off the Page, we had the opportunity to sit down and chat with her about her writing process, her current work, and a couple other writerly topics. Wolfgang-Smith, who is mostly a fiction writer, earned her MFA at Florida State University and has been published in NInth Letter, Flyaway, The Common, and Necessary Fiction.

Episode 8: Marcia Aldrich

This time on “Off the Page,” we talked with Marcia Aldrich about how reading, editing, and teaching has influenced her writing. Marcia has dabbled in a lot when it comes to the world of creative nonfiction. Her essay “The Art of Being Born” was in the 2013 edition of Best American Essays, and her book A Companion to an Untold Story won the AWP award for Creative Nonfiction. Other publications you can find her work are Brevity, North American Review, and the Gettysburg Review.

We hope you enjoy this conversation about reading, teaching, and animals(!) and how those influence, inform, or inspire writing.

Episode 7: Julie Marie Wade

In our latest episode of Off the Page, we talked with author Julie Marie Wade, whose essay “Meditation 32” was published in issue 15.2 of Fourth Genre. Among other things, Julie is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, winner of the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Memoir, and is a member of the graduate faculty in creative writing at Florida International University in Miami.

We hope you enjoy listening to our conversation about teaching nonfiction and writing lyric essays, and our literary fan-girling as much as we did. Thanks for listening!

2014 Fourth Genre Steinberg Contest winners

We’re thrilled to announce the results of the 2014 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest, for which memoirist and essayist Robert Root was judge.

The winning essay is Dave Zoby’s “My Brother Arrives in Kansas.”  Root chose Beth Richards’ “Fight” as the runner-up from among the many, many fine entries we received. Both will be published in Issue 17.1, due in print just in time for AWP in Minneapolis!

The  finalists were:

Carolyn Flynn, “Resurrection”
Gail Griffin, “From the Middle of Nowhere, or If You Lived Here You’d Like Meatloaf”
Mary Kudenov, “Threadbare”
Nick Neely, “The Book of Agate”
Anittah Patrick, “The Bees”
Kelley Shinn, “Airy Nothings”

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