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Associated Writing Programs: the governing body/policy maker for university creative writing programs.
Ohio U English Department: where I am studying for my Ph.D.
Brigham Young U English Department: where I got my master's.
Fulbright Commission (USA): the program that's sending me to Uruguay to write.
Fulbright Commission (Uruguay): the program that's overseeing my work in Uruguay.
Project Bartleby: Searchable HTML versions of many literary or resource titles. I have used this site as a resource for many of my thematic essays.
Project Gutenberg: ASCII versions of many out-of-copyright (i.e. older) literary texts. I have downloaded lots of essays and hope to download many more.
Rush: The band that's had such an influence on my intellectual development (and has been quoted in a couple of essays).
I have linked either to official sites or sites that, in my estimation, are good, or at least okay. In any case, a quick search in Google will likely lead you to more.
Brian Doyle: author of "The Meteorites," possibly my favorite essay of all time, editor of Portland Magazine, and two-time Best American Essayist.
Ian Frazier: author of "Take the F," which made me want to be an essayist, and of Great Plains and On the Rez, which serve as models for the book I want to write in Uruguay.
Eduardo Galeano: author of The Book of Embraces, a seminal influence on my fragmentary writing style, and Uruguayan former exile. My interview with him was published in Fourth Genre.
Charles Lamb: English essayist from the early 1800s. Majestic voice, disparate themes, powerful display of erudition and emotion.
Phillip Lopate: modern essayist and scholar of the essay, also was advisor to both my thesis and dissertation advisors (when they were at the U of Houston).
Michel de Montaigne: "Father of the Personal Essay" from late 1500s France. He started it all.
Georges Perec: mid-20th-century French writer, member of Oulipo, which imposed mathematical, chess, or other contraints on writing in search of beauty. Perec holds world records for longest palindrome, longest lipogram (a 300+ page book without the letter e), and others. His W: Or the Memory of Childhood is wonderfully haunting.
Scott Russell Sanders: contemporary essayist whose one-word-titled pieces (including "Beauty," "Silence," and others) inspired some of my recent writing.