Jon Cotner

Jon Cotner is the author, with Andy Fitch, of Ten Walks/Two Talks, which was chosen as a best book of 2010 by The WeekThe MillionsTime Out Chicago, and Bookslut. Their new collaboration is called Conversations over Stolen Food. Cotner lives in Brooklyn and teaches in Pratt Institute’s Creative Writing Program.


"Improvisation allows us to put everything into play: intellectual insights, passing observations, personal anecdotes, humorous remarks. Suddenly it all becomes relevant. Improvisers such as Socrates, Montaigne, and Wittgenstein tend to zigzag instead of moving 'neatly' from one point to the next. Again, this is a matter of freedom. Constrictive genres get left behind."

- Jon Cotner