In Notes from No Man's Land, Biss examines race in America through prose that is simultaneously spare and rich, personal and incisive. A Booklist starred review notes: "Biss calls our attention to things so intrinsic to our lives that they have become invisible, such as telephone poles and our assumptions about race...Matters of race, sense of self, and belonging involve everyone, and Biss' crossing-the-line perspective will provoke fresh analysis of our fears and expectations.
Biss holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches nonfiction writing at Northwestern University. Her essays have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, the Believer, and Harper's. Notes from No Man's Land won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism and winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.
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Previous Writer as Witness Texts
2012: The End of Country, by Seamus McGraw.
2011: The Good Soldiers, by David Finkel
2010: The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy, by Lisa Dodson
2009: True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society, by Farhad Manjoo
2008: The Devil's Highway, by Luis Alberto Urrea
2007: The Ponds of Kalambayi, by Mike Tidwell
2006: Love in the Driest Season, by Neely Tucker
2005: Fragments of Grace, by Pamela Constable
2004: Newjack, by Ted Conover
2003: First They Killed My Father, by Loung Ung
2002: Savage Inequalities, by Jonathan Kozol
2001: Bad Land, by Jonathan Raban
2000: Almost a Woman, by Esmeralda Santiago
1999: My Own Country, by Abraham Verghese
1998: There Are No Children Here, by Alex Kotlowitz
WRITER AS WITNESS
STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION
Top Prize: $200
Runners-Up Prizes: Gift cards from AU Campus Store
Once you’ve read Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays and have heard Eula Biss speak on Tuesday, September 3rd, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute your voice to the Writer as Witness Program.
You are invited to submit your analysis, research essay, memoir, or other essay genre for our annual writing competition. Deadline and submission details will be announced mid-semester.
Open to all College Writing & Honors English students. Sponsored by the College Writing Program and AU Campus Store.
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AU Store Discount
& Library Resources
The AU Campus Store is offering Notes from No Man's Land at a discount. Copies will also be available for purchase at the Campus Store during New Student Orientations, when you’ll have your first opportunity to talk with classmates about Notes from No Man's Land.