While it goes without saying that NotGraphs has, in its lone year of existence, become the standard by which literary-minded and generally marvelous baseballing websites are judged, I’ve always been of the opinion that it (i.e. NotGraphs) would be greatly improved if only it were possible to acquire writers who were more talented and attractive and better and smarter and better than the ones already writing for the site.
Fortunately, as a product of our most recent — and only slightly drawn-out — talent search, the dream that I’ve dreamed so hard has become a reality.
In fact, it’s with great pleasure that I introduce four new writers to the site — each of whom is better and more physically fit than any of the site’s current stable of writers.
Robert J. Baumann received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas and has had poems published in/at 3:AM Magazine, DIAGRAM, and Shampoo — i.e. journals that you’ve never heard of, but which are important nevertheless.
Jeremy Blachman is the author of Anonymous Lawyer, a real-live novel satirizing the world of corporate law and described by USA Today, not for nothing, as “wickedly amusing.” He’s also had work published by McSweeney’s.
If you’re familiar with Paul Lukas’s UniWatch, then you’re likely already familiar with Summer Anne Burton, who is (a) an Astros fans and (b) drawing every member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year at her site Every Hall of Famer.
Cody Wiewandt was a four-year Varisty football player at sporting powerhouse Oberlin College and is very likely — although no one can prove it — the secret lovechild of George Plimpton and Alan Alda. You can read his work at The Paris Review.