Timothy Bascom


Tim Bascom is the author of a novel, two collections of essays, and two prizewinning memoirs about years spent in East Africa as a youth: Chameleon Days and Running to the Fire. His essays have won editor’s prizes at The Missouri Review and Florida Review, and have also been selected for the anthologies The Best Creative Nonfiction and The Best American Travel Writing. His short fiction has appeared in journals such as Zone 3, Front Range Review, and Briar Cliff Review, where he won the 2021 Fiction Prize. Bascom received his MFA from the University of Iowa, and he has taught creative writing for over twenty years at the undergraduate and graduate level, leading dozens of workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, he directs the Kansas Book Festival.


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An Enormous Eye: Writing the Contemplative Essay

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According to art critic Herbert Read, “True art persists as an object of contemplation.” One of the reasons that it has this capacity to hold our attention—like the note of a tuning fork after it has been struck—is that it has been created out of contemplation. The contemplative essay, also called...
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