William Pierce

William Pierce is senior editor of AGNI. He is the author of Reality Hunger: On Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle (Arrowsmith Press, 2016), a monograph first serialized as a three-part essay at The Los Angeles Review of Books. His fiction has appeared in Granta, Ecotone, American Literary Review, and elsewhere, and other work has appeared in Electric Literature, Little Star, Tin House online, The Writer’s Chronicle, Solstice, Glimmer Train, Consequence, and as part of MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber’s summer 2015 art project “The Alphabet,” commissioned by the Fitchburg Art Museum. With E. C. Osondu, he coedited The AGNI Portfolio of African Fiction.

What I'm Looking For

AGNI publishes fiction, poetry, and essays. Our mission is straightforward: To champion writers who engage the world in and around them, shaping their words so intimately that the ripple of their seeing and the quirks of their thinking become part of the portrait.

Sample Titles or Authors

"Four Marys," Paisley Rekdal
"Thieves," Donald Quist
"Like We Did," Victoria Lancelotta

Genres My Journal is Looking For

We are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; we do not publish academic essays or purely journalistic writing. We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written.