Ans Shivani, author of the acclaimed short story collection Anatolia and Other Stories, recently released a collection of critical essays titled Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, Controversies (Texas Review Press). Prairie Schooner writes: “Shivani critiques this literary mainstay that has so permeated the life of American writers that at times it seems absolutely unavoidable. Very little criticism exists in this vein, which perhaps illustrates the hegemonic power hidden in the dependency of so many contemporary writers on creative writing programs, which Shivani vigorously argues are deleterious to the life of literature.” Click here to read the entire review, here to read another review in Big Think, and here to buy a copy of Anatolia.

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