Arthur Longworth is a writer with extraordinary range: master of memoir, personal essay, journalism, and fiction, he works equally well across genre and media. His published works include fiction and non-fiction, op-ed and long-form journalism, popular articles and public scholarship. His topics are equally wide-ranging, moving from solitary confinement to existentialism, from Life Without the Possibility of Parole to the question of life itself.  This body of work crosses genres and topics with an ease that belies the precision and craft of each individual piece.  For some writers, range trumps depth.  Not so for Longworth. His minimalist prose balances sentences honed to a spare intimacy with those of blazing intensity.  The result is in turns elegant and brutal, sharp and elegiac, playful and wrenching. Longworth’s characteristic juxtaposition of imagistic and declarative sentences remaps routes between sense and meaning, something that makes his work eminently teachable for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Gillian Harkins, Associate Professor, English Department, University of Washington