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William Pierce

William Pierce recently completed a novel entitled Heartwrap. He is senior editor of AGNI and contributes a series of essays called “Crucibles.” His essay "Reality Hunger,” on the first three books of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, can be found online at The Los Angeles Review of Books and will be published as a monograph by Arrowsmith Books in December. His stories have appeared in Granta, Ecotone, American Literary Review, The Chamber Four Fiction Anthology, and elsewhere. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in Electric Literature, Little Star, Tin House online, The Writer’s Chronicle, Solstice, Glimmer Train, 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. He holds an AB magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he studied poetry-writing with Seamus Heaney, and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. (updated 11/2015)

His first essay for AGNI, “Fabulously Real,” received special mention in the 2006 Pushcart Prize anthology. He is interviewed at He reads a favorite poem for the Favorite Poem Project here.

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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