Brief Encounters

A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction

Judith Kitchen (Editor), Dinah Lenney (Editor)


The best of short literary memoirs, essays, and reflections, many of which were written expressly for this collection. Also available

The late Judith Kitchen, editor of the perennially popular anthologies Short Takes, In Short, and In Brief, was greatly influential in recognizing and establishing flash creative nonfiction as a form in its own right. In Brief Encounters, she and writer/editor/actor Dinah Lenney expand this vibrant field with nearly eighty new selections: shorts—as these sharply focused pieces have come to be known— representing an impressive range of voices, perspectives, sensibilities, and forms. Brief Encounters features the work of the emerging and the established—including Stuart Dybek, Roxanne Gay, Eduardo Galeano, Leslie Jamison, and Julian Barnes—arranged by theme to explore the human condition in ways intimate, idiosyncratic, funny, sad, provocative, lyrical, unflinching. From the rant to the rave, the meditation to the polemic, the confession to the valediction, this collection of shorts—this celebration of true and vivid prose—will enlarge your world.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • November 2015
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35099-9
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 352 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“These are encounters you’ll want to have, ones that transform you, the way all great writing does, by language plain and brilliant, seductive and honest, only these do it more quickly—usually with a single turn of the page. The book is a revolution in reading, one you will be happy to join, and the writers are all ones you want to see more of.” — Robert Shapard, editor of Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction

Also by Judith Kitchen All

  1. Book CoverIn Brief: Short Takes on the Personal


  2. Book CoverIn Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction


  3. Book CoverShort Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction


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