Comments from the author about writing: I write a lot of creative nonfiction, particularly about cross-cultural experiences and spirituality. In the field of creative nonfiction, where memoir reigns, self-awareness is vital. However, the autobiographical writers who stand out for me are people who do more than study themselves in a solipsistic fashion. They are able to look outward at the same time they look inward, bringing their unique perspective to bear on some related aspect of the world. They use personal experience as a lens to focus and clarify some reality larger than the self. That is a principle I reach toward in my own writing, hoping to create something more substantial than mere self-expression.
I like to think of writing as one of the arts, and there is an art critic I admire, Herbert Read, who claimed that true art “persists as an object of contemplation." That makes sense to me since art emerges from the artist’s own act of contemplation. Art can’t be rushed, and that certainly includes the act of writing. The passing of time is critical. So is the obsessive return to the created object, whether an alabaster sculpture or a poem or lyric essay. From a lengthy period of observation and revision, discovery occurs. Then that discovery, we hope, gets passed on to the reader!
Literary awards received and date received:
- 2014 Selection for Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2014, Houghton Mifflin.
- 2013 Selection for anthology Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food (University of Nebraska Press, 2013).
- 2011 Florida Review Editor’s Prize in Nonfiction, Published Runner-Up.
- 2011 Tiny Lights Essay Award, Second Place.
- 2010 Iowa Arts Council Grant for research on my memoir.
- 2009 Selection for The Best Creative Nonfiction, W.W. Norton.
- 2007 Finalist for The USA PEN Creative Nonfiction Award for Chameleon Days.
- 2005 Bakeless Literary Prize in Nonfiction / Breadloaf Conference for Chameleon Days.
- 2005 Selection for Best American Travel Essays, Houghton Mifflin.
- 2004 Florida Review Editor's Prize in Nonfiction.
- 2003 Missouri Review Editor's Prize in Essay.
- 1999 Semi-Finalist for “Discovery”/the Nation Poetry Contest.
Book Types: Fiction, Nonfiction
Audience Types: Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Memoir, Essays
Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes
If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? I am glad to visit libraries and classes as a guest author, or to come to book clubs. The fees are variable, depending on the length of time and the distance traveled. If within two hours drive, I will accept a flat fee of $100 for an hour or an hour and a half. If the visit is further away or longer in duration, we will need to negotiate, but I'm flexible! When I have visited colleges for a day or led two-day retreats, I have been paid in the range of $350-$700. I am glad to adjust to specific program needs.
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Author's Web site: https://timbascom.wordpress.com
Books By This Author
- Running to the Fire: An American Missionary Comes of Age in Revolutionary Ethiopia. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2015.
- Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia. New York: Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
- The Comfort Trap: Spiritual Dangers of a Convenience Culture. Chicago: InterVarsity Press, 1993.
- Squatters' Rites. Manila: New Day Press, 1990.