Wow, am I going to be in some amazing company! I just received the final list of contributors for the anthology CHERISHED: WRITERS ON ANIMALS THEY’VE LOVED & LOST. Anne Lamott! Jane Smiley! Thomas McGuane! Carolyn See! But wait, there’s more…Just reeling off these names, I feel as though I’ve stumbled onto the set of a celebrity writers’ Ginzu knife commercial. This is very exciting!
The anthology is the brainchild of writer/editor Barbara Abercrombie and is coming out next year from New World Library.
All the essays (and one poem) are about the special relationship we’ve had with an animal in our lives and what we learned from that special animal’s death. Barbara’s essay is about her cat, Winesburg, whom she took to Vietnam and who lived to be 19. I wrote about the pig I raised in high school when I lived on a farm. (You can look up my post \”Red the Pig\” if you want to know more about that situation.)
Here’s the full list of contributors (in alphabetical order):
Barbara Abercrombie, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, May-lee Chai, Michael Chitwood, Melissa Cistaros, Mark Doty, Samantha Dun, Linzi Glass, veterinarian Dr. Robert Goldman, Monica Holloway, Judith Lewis, Ted Kooser, Sonia Levitin, Anne Lamott, Thomas McGuane, Billy Mernit, Joe Morgenstern, Robin Romm, Jenny Rough, Carolyn See, Jane Smiley, Jacqueline Winspear, Victoria Zackheim.
And if Ellen DeGeneres is looking for a book to read that she’d love, CHERISHED is definitely the one!