NED STUCKEY-FRENCH, Associate Professor and Director of the FSU Certificate Program in Publishing and Editing, B. A., magna cum laude, Harvard College (1972), M.A., Brown University (1992), Ph. D., University of Iowa (1997). Dr. Stuckey-French specializes in the personal essay and modern American literature and culture, especially magazine culture. His study of the personal essay, magazine culture and class construction, The American Essay in the American Century, was published in 2011. With Carl Klaus, he edited the collection Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time. He is the co-author, with Janet Burroway and his wife Elizabeth, of Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, the nation's most widely adopted creative writing textbook, which is now in its ninth edition.
His reviews and critical work have appeared in journals such as American Literature, Modern Fiction Studies, Fourth Genre, culturefront, Tri-quarterly, Assay, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Iowa Review, and in The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, The Walt Whitman Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of the Essay.
He also writes creative nonfiction and is the book review editor for the journal Fourth Genre. His personal essays, which have appeared in magazines such as In These Times, The Missouri Review, The Pinch, Guernica, and Walking Magazine, have been listed six times among the notable essays in the Best American Essays series.
He is working on a collection of personal essays and a study of the progressive tradition in 20th century American middle-class culture. He has taught in the Nonfiction Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts and in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
- The American Essay in the American Century (University of Missouri Press, 2011). Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 2012.
- Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time (forthcoming, University of Iowa Press, March, 2012).
- Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 8th Ed. (New York: Longman, 2010). Co-Author.
Articles and Book Chapters:
- “Teaching the Personal Essay in the Digital Age.” Laura Gray-Rosendale, ed. Getting Personal: Teaching Personal Writing in the Digital Age (Albany: State University of New York, Feb. 2018) 3-19.
- “In Search of the First Person Singular,” New Ohio Review. 22 (Fall 2017) .
- “The Anthologies of John D’Agata.” Los Angeles Review of Books. July 28, 2016.
- "Queer Blood." Los Angeles Review of Books. May 5, 2015.
- "An Essayist's Guide to Research and Family Life." Curiosity's Cats: Essays on Research, or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Story. Bruce Joshua Miller, ed. (Minnesota Historical Society: Minneapolis, 2014). 267-284.
- "Our Queer Little Hybrid Thing." Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. I.1 (Fall 2014).
- "An Essay on the Context of Essays." The Essay Review. University of Iowa. I.1 (Spring 2013) 41 – 51.
- "The Odd Couple: Alexander Woollcott and Harpo Marx." culturefront (Winter 1998). Reprinted in Longreads. April 30, 2014.
- "Expanding the Essay Canon, One Decade at a Time." Creative Nonfiction. 43 (Fall-Winter 2011).
- “Best American Essays 1987.” Essay Daily (December 11, 2015).
- "A Real World Education: Revisiting Studs Terkel's Working." Creative Nonfiction. 57 (Fall 2015).
- "In the Saddle." Iron Horse Review. 16.1 The Duet Issue. (2014). 36-37.
- "Essays and Encyclopedias." Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction website (Fall, 2013).
- "Don't Be Cruel': An Argument for Elvis." The Normal School (Fall, 2012): 7 – 11. Listed among the Notable Essays of the Year in Best American Essays, 2013. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2013. Reprinted in Longreads (December 5, 2013).
- "Dear John, I'm Afraid It's Over…" Brevity Blog (March 8, 2012).
- "Meeting Bobby Kennedy." Cedars (Fall 2011).
- "Nightmares." New South (Summer 2011) 60 - 62. Listed among the Notable Essays of the Year in Best American Essays, 2012. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2012.
- "The Edsel Farm" (personal essay), Why We're Here: New York Essayists on Living Upstate (Colgate U P, 2010).
- "Good Fences." (personal essay), Guernica (July 2009). Listed among the Notable Essays of the Year in Best American Essays, 2009. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
- "South Side" (personal essay), The Pinch (2006). Listed among the Notable Essays of the Year in Best American Essays, 2007. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
- Robert Irwin Award for Excellence in Teaching. 1994.