Friday Find: Essay Symposium Proceedings from Welcome Table Press

Some of you may have caught my short article in The Writer magazine some months back that described a spring event here in New York: a symposium convened by Welcome Table Press titled “In Praise of the Essay: Practice & Form.” In that article, I called Jerald Walker’s presentation–which included an account of one editor’s pre-publication request to confer with Walker’s 73-year-old mother before going ahead with a particular piece–“a conference standout.”

Well, now you can read Walker’s presentation for yourself. Thanks to Lisa Romeo’s blog, I recently learned that Welcome Table Press has made some of the symposium proceedings available for download (link updated April 2021: click “In Praise of the Essay: Symposia Proceedings” and scroll to Walker’s essay). (You can download this material for free, or you can purchase them in pamphlet form to benefit Welcome Table Press.)

Enjoy the find, and have a wonderful weekend. See you back here on Monday.