Join Welcome Table Press at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus on Saturday, October 15, 2011, for the symposium, “In Praise of the Essay: Practice & Form.” Their honoree is Phillip Lopate. Speakers include Robin Hemley, Barbara Hurd, Helen Benedict, Joshua Wolf Shenk, and Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr (creators of Idiots’ Books). A panel on teaching the essay will feature presentations by Richard Hoffman, Patrick Madden, Suzanne Menghraj, Robert Root, Suzanne Strempek Shea, and Dustin Beall Smith. With readings by Amy Leach, E. J. Levy, Shelley Salamensky, Jerald Walker, and Ryan Van Meter. And a Q&A with editors from Cabinet magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Defunct, Fourth Genre, The Pedestrian, River Teeth, and Sarabande Books.