Underrated Writers of 2006
Posted December 20, 2006on:
This is the 2nd year of the Underrated Writers Project (via Pinky Paperhaus). I admit that I did not consciously seek out any on the list from last year. I plan to do better this year, carefully scribbling down (always scribbling) names, checking for books’ availabilities at libraries and Chapters.
Here are the authors who caught my eye (this being wholly dependent on the bloggers’ descriptions):
Eileen Chang – I’ve mentioned her on my blog before. I first read about her in a NYRB issue and have seen her name popping up on litblogs ever since.
Elizabeth Ellen – I liked that, according to Wickett, she wrote about “fucked up relationships”–I don’t read enough authors who write about such things in the way Wickett’s description of her work implies. Curious, I read her poem at 3AM. Raucous, fearless and wicked. I dug it. I bookmarked her homepage as her first chapbook should be released soon.
Steve Erickson – Achingly beautiful prose, surreal story lines and experimental narrative that resists being overly clever–what’s not to like?
Lance Olsen – Aha! Are you noting a trend? I am inclined to go with Conversational Reading selections. Olsen’s works intrigue me because Esposito describes them as a mix of the experimental with familiar story telling conventions. Maybe Olsen’s style will work with me.
Brian Evenson – Who could resist the kind of praise Evenson’s work received in that post?
Jeff VanderMeer – I have seen his name tossed about but it was not until I read Bond’s recommendation of his Shriek on her blog that I decided to walk down the street to make a purchase.
Authors with whose works I am already familiar (for eg. through ownership even if I have not actually read them yet, a fine distinction)
Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Crane, Laird Hunt, Richard Powers