Patricia Park wins Steinberg Essay Award
June 7, 2013 § 1 Comment
Recent Brevity contributor Patricia Park — you can read her beautiful essay “Cheekbones” here — has been announced as winner of winner of the 2013 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay contest for another of her essays, “How to Run a Supermarket.
Here is some praise for Patricia’s essay from Scott Russell Sanders:
“What begins as a wry how-to manual on running a supermarket opens into a study in immigrant-family dynamics, a sketch of social change in a Brooklyn neighborhood, a lament about the poor fit between formal education and retail work, and a coming-of-age story, all deftly braided together by a thoroughly engaging narrator….The second-person narrative voice, which can easily become stilted, is handled here with wit and skill, obliquely revealing a transformative personal history while telling us, with an insider’s precise knowledge, what it’s like to serve the picky, penny-pinching, by turns infuriating and mystifying public.”
Patricia Park’s essay will appear in issue 16.1, which will be in print February 2014.