Steven Harvey--The Humble Essayist--Joins RT Staff

July 4, 2014

Steven Harvey--The Humble Essayist--Joins RT Staff

River Teeth is pleased to welcome Steven Harvey as the most recent addition to our editorial staff as Senior Editor. 

Today, Steve launched a new website, The Humble Essayist:

"The Fourth of July is not only a national holiday, it is also the day, 169 years ago, that Henry David Thoreau moved into his cabin by Walden pond.  To celebrate the event, I have created a website called The Humble Essayist, devoted to the essay and the reflective memoir.
"The central feature is the "Paragraph of the Week" in which I put a paragraph from a renowned or promising writer that I admire up on the first page followed by a paragraph of comment about the theme and style of the piece.  I think of it as a concise review which gives the reader the flavor of the original, commentary on the voice, and a brief glimpse of the writer's ideas and obsessions, all in two paragraphs.  I hope it will get the word out about great essays to a few more readers.
"The first two weeks will, regrettably, be devoted to dead white men, Thoreau and E. B. White (whose birthday is next Friday), but beginning in the third week we will start to hear from many women and men alive and well starting with Vivian Gornick."
Pop on over to The Humble Essayist and follow along via Twitter.
A warm welcome to Steve!
Steven Harvey

A Geometry of Lilies, Steven Harvey's first book about family life, was twice honored as a finalist in the Associated Writing Program’s nonfiction contest before being published by the University of South Carolina Press.  Since then he has published two books from The University of Georgia Press:  Lost in Translation, about his experiences as a father and teacher, and Bound for Shady Grove, which describes his attempt to deepen his understanding of his adopted culture in north Georgia by learning to play the mountain banjo.  He has edited an anthology of essays written by men on middle age called In a Dark Wood, also from Georgia.

He has published widely in magazines such as Harper's, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Hopkins Review, Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Hotel Amerika, and Fourth Genre.  Recently Cheryl Stayed chose his essay "The Book of Knowledge" for The Best American Essays of 2013.

He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia and is a member of the faculty in the Ashland MFA in Creative Writing.  When he isn't disguised as a humble practitioner of the craft of writing essays, he sings and plays banjo, guitar, and ukulele for the band Butternut Creek & Friends. You can learn more about him and his work at the website:

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