Donna Seaman


Creative Nonfiction, Issue 45
This is Creative Nonfiction's TRUE CRIME issue, and I had a very good time interviewing Erik Larson, author the bestselling The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts.

Fifth Wednesday
I was honored to serve as guest fiction editor for the Spring 2012 issue, the tenth edition of this outstanding literary magazine. Visit Fifth Wednesday at:

TriQuarterly, #133
For 45 years, TriQuarterly has published literature of high imagination and artistry. It was a great honor to edit Issue #133. I'm not alone in my dismay over TriQuarterly's demise, slated for late in 2010.

Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape
Barry Lopez seeks to preserve the diverse and splendid array of words that have evolved to describe America's gloriously varied and storied meadows, mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, forests, fields, prairies, shores, mesas, and hills. Lopez and Gwartney invited 45 writers and poets to compose fresh and new definitions of 850 landscape terms. I am honored to be beside such luminaries as Bill McKibben, Antonya Nelson, Barbara Kingsolver, Linda Hogan, Patricia Hampl, Terry Tempest Williams. I could go on. A big beautiful book replete with drawings and literary quotes, it is unique and singing.

Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes
Fresh Water is an amazing and inspired collection about a crucial aspect of life on Earth, the glorious Great Lakes. Contributors include Annick Smith, Susan Power, Laura Kasischke, Judith Strasser, Stephanie Mills, and Jane Urquhart. Thank you so much, Alison Swan.

Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books
In conversation with Donna Seaman, fiction and creative nonfiction writers discuss their inspirations, favorite books, writing process, and convictions literary, personal, and political. Seaman also connects each writerís books to other writing, creating constellations of related books and ideas to introduce readers to writers they might not discover on their own.

In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness
Fourteen unforgettable short stories explore our perception of nature and the conflict between wildness and civilization. We are nature, in spite of our machines, our plastics, and our artificial ingredients. Yet what do we make of our own nature? How do we explain the paradox of our urge to both exploit and protect wilderness?

Selected Works

This "Encounter" with Erik Larson illuminates many crucial aspects of the art of researching and writing creative nonfiction.
It was a thrill to select stories by Christine Sneed, Joe Meno, Achy Obejas, Bayo Ojikutu, Melissa Fraterrigo, James Carpenter, Dave Schultz, and Frank Bergon.
I guest edited this issue
A grand celebration of the language of the land
Edited by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney
Anthology edited by Alison Swan
Essays, poetry, and stories about the Great Lakes
Author Interviews
Writers on the Air brings to print Donna Seamanís vibrant author interviews from her Chicago-based radio program, Open Books.
Fiction anthology
"These compelling short works... remind us of how important it is to go where the wild things are."
--O Magazine
My home ground. The concrete shore of Lake Michigan. Chicago, Illinois.

Oak Street Beach, Chicago, Lake Michigan See Fresh Water.