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William Pierce

William Pierce has been senior editor of AGNI since 2004. He is the author of Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle (Arrowsmith Press, 2016), a monograph first serialized as a three-part essay at The Los Angeles Review of Books. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Ecotone, American Literary Review, and elsewhere, and other work has appeared in Electric Literature, Little Star, Tin House online, The Writer’s Chronicle, Solstice, Glimmer Train, Consequence, and as part of MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber’s summer 2015 art project “The Alphabet,” commissioned by the Fitchburg (Mass.) Art Museum. With E. C. Osondu, he coedited The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction. (updated 5/2017)

His first essay for AGNI, “Fabulously Real,” received special mention in the 2006 Pushcart Prize anthology. He is interviewed here at And he is interviewed here for the 167th episode of The How The Why, a half-hour podcast about “the evolution of the literary arts.”

AGNI has published the following work by William Pierce:

Introduction to The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction (with E. C. Osondu)
Crucibles: Is Knausgaard for Real?
Crucibles: Intimations of Randomness
Crucibles: “Let Us Imagine”
Crucibles: The Orchestration of Surprise
Crucibles: Report on a Report
Crucibles: Walser Before & After
Fabulously Real
The Visual Language of Victor Ekpuk

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