Why Fiction Matters


These essays were commissioned by The Center as part of our Fiction Futures project intended to engage ​readers and writers in a discussion​ of the importance of fiction in contemporary life and celebrate The Center's impending move to Brooklyn.


The featured essays on the subject of Why Fiction Matters were written by a panel of distinguished authors. We hope you'll find these essays both illuminating and inspiring, and that they'll lead you to think about why fiction matters to you. You can view each essay by clicking on the author's name below or by clicking on the links in the bottom right column. 



Photo Credits: M. Sharkey (Chee); John Ricard (Jackson); Matt Douma (Lee); Mary Howell (Piazza); Beowulf Sheehan (Pinckney); David Ignaszewski/Koboy (Robinson); Derek Shapton (Smiley); Debbie Grossman (Yanique)