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By Lia Woodall

Editor’s Note: Lia Woodall’s remarkable essay “…” — which took First Prize in our annual Essay Award Contest — presented a publishing challenge for our online journal.?? The content and the presentation are irreducibly intertwined in this unusual work.? After much discussion, we decided that the only approach that made sense was to simply publish a fascsimile of the essay as we received it.

You can read “…” in these two visual formats:

1) You can open a slideshow by clicking on the first image thumbnail on the upper left of the gallery below and “turn the pages” by using your right/left arrow keys to advance through the slides;

2) Or you can open the entire essay as a PDF, which can be read online or downloaded.? Click here to view the PDF.

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About Lia Woodall

Lia Woodall is an emerging nonfiction writer recently transplanted to Houston from Denver. Her essay, “Torn in Two” can be found in Vol. 15 of South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction + Art (Oct. 2013) (Best American Essays Notable and Pushcart Prize nominee). Her essay, “The Scream” was published in Issue 64 of Sonora Review (2nd Place, 2013 Essay Contest) (recently accepted for republication in an anthology on Suicide Loss, forthcoming). “Fallout: A Response to The Fourth State of Matter,” appears online in Issue 89 of Crack the Spine Literary Magazine (Nov. 2014) and was selected for the Winter 2014 print anthology. “House Keeping” was awarded 3rd place in The Big Read nonfiction short essay contest sponsored by Lighthouse Writers Workshop (April 2014). She is an inaugural Book Project member at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a charter member of Salon Denver. Her memoir-in-progress is entitled: “Leaving Twinbrook: A Memoir of Duality". Her real name is Eolia, a Greek goddess of the winds. Sounds a bit glamorous, but in reality, it’s merely a bunch of hot air and more than enough vowels for a good yodel.

6 Comments

  1. Posted September 2017 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    This essay is stunning. It sets the bar high for future contestants. Wishing you continued healing through writing.

    • Lia Woodall
      Posted November 2017 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

      Evelyn, Thank you for reading “. . .” and leaving your supportive message. It is a humbling experience to have my work read. For me, writing has definitely been a creative process for uprooting grief and transforming it into artistic expression.

      • Colleen McMahon
        Posted September 2018 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

        Lia,
        .
        Having just found and experienced your essay, I need to tell you three things:
        1.) I hope you have found happiness again.
        2.) I will not be submitting my essay this year.
        3.) you deserve to be known

        • Lia Woodall
          Posted September 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

          Hello Colleen! What a nice surprise to receive your warm comment so long after “. . .” was published. Thank you for reading my essay and being moved to write to me. I have been in a writing slump for the summer, but your comment helped me to sit down and write for the first time this past weekend. Thank you.

          Your second statement gave me pause, however, if I am interpreting it correctly. As an emerging writer, I have been in your shoes, where I have questioned myself after reading certain essays. How can I consider submitting my writing when those words and ideas exist? Should I even be writing? At some point, perhaps because I have a wonderful writing community, those intimidating essays became my inspiration instead. I hope you will reconsider submitting your essay.

          And, yes, I am happy, even joyful. My best to you, Colleen.

          Lia

  2. Ernie Williams
    Posted November 2017 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    A heart-wrenching story told in a unique way. It demands close reading but it is well worth the time spent. This is an author to watch.

    • Lia Woodall
      Posted November 2017 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Ernie, for investing your time to read “. . .” despite the challenging form. This went through several drafts that ultimately evolved the form to reflect the content and honor the differences between my twin brother, Larry, and me. Breaking the form on the last page was a breakthrough emotionally for me, tapping into the suppressed anger I could never acknowledge. Writing is truly a process of discovery.

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