David Lazar was a Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction for 2015-16. His books include I’ll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms; Who's Afraid of Helen of Troy; After Montaigne; Truth in Nonfiction; Essaying the Essay; Powder Tow; and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher. Eight of his essays have been “Notable Essays of the Year” according to Best American Essays. He created the PhD program in nonfiction writing at Ohio University and directed the creation of the undergraduate and M.F.A. programs in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago where he is Professor of Creative Writing. Lazar is founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika, now in its eighteenth year, and series editor, with Patrick Madden, of 21st Century Essays, at Ohio State University Press.