Cultura y Literatura
Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction Spring 2017

Creative Nonfiction is the voice of the genre. Every issue includes long-form essays blending style with substance; writing that pushes the genre’s boundaries; commentary and notes on craft; conversations with writers; and more. Simply put, Creative Nonfiction demonstrates the depth and versatility of the genre it helped define.

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6 min.
what’s the story?

i am writing this column from the Blue Spirit Resort in Costa Rica, where I am teaching at a yoga and creative nonfiction writing retreat. It’s a pretty terrific place, located on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific and a sparkling white sand beach, which is mostly free of tourists (except for us yogis) and clean. There is no trash—just driftwood, shells, a few surfers and swimmers, and an occasional motorbike zipping along the edge of the water at low tide. There are twenty in our eclectic group, which includes a physician, two chemists, an attorney, a songwriter and performer, and a couple of elementary school teachers, from as far away as California and Norway. I teach two writing sessions a day; each is followed by yoga, taught by Sean Conley, a…

19 min.
the ink that binds: creative writing and addiction

What is to give light must endure burning. — ANTON WILDGANS INES SHERYL ST. GERMAIN has published five poetry books and two memoirs, the most recent of which is Navigating Disaster: Sixteen Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair. She co-edited, with Margaret Whitford, Between Song and Story: Essays for the Twenty-First Century and, with Sarah Shotland, Words Without Walls: Writers on Violence, Addiction and Incarceration. She directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Chatham Universit I’VE TAUGHT CREATIVE WRITING in universities for about thirty years. For the last twelve of those, I’ve directed an MFA program and paid close attention to what other MFA programs are doing. In addition to constant worry about graduates finding jobs in a bleak economic climate, I also worry that some of our programs have…

24 min.
diving deep

Serial immersionist TED CONOVER on the connections between anthropology and journalism; knowing when to resist digression; and the importance of writing “across the aisle.” TED CONOVER has spent his entire career delving into different cultural worlds. “Why not?” he asks. “It’s a big universe to explore.” Conover’s empathy runs as deep as his curiosity. He is a writer, as William T. Vollmann observed in a review of The Routes of Man, who cares about “not merely that convenient abstraction, humanity, but people in particular.” Indeed, people—everyone from hoboes riding freight trains to Mexican immigrants to prison guards—animate the pages of Conover’s books. Living with them, sharing the indignities they suffer and the pleasures they enjoy, is the foundation of his immersion journalism—a beat he shares with Barbara Ehrenreich, Lauren Kessler, and…

12 min.
the month that i taught english, we had prisoners running through our backyards

WINNER! Best Essay Prize MARGARET DOWNEY is a trained secondary English teacher, who has spent the past few years living in an area of New York that is so rurally upstate, most people from Albany have never heard of it. Margaret now resides in Copenhagen, where she works in a child development office at a study abroad institution for American college students. She spends her spare time reading, writing, traveling, and playing with her coworkers’ children. “The Month That I Taught English . . . ” is her first publication. ON MY FIRST FRIDAY as a long-term substitute teacher in a high school English classroom, the middle school science teacher’s chinchilla went missing. “Please keep an eye out,” the secretary announced on the intercom before the first-period bell rang. The all-staff email…

15 min.

DR. MEREDITH CRANDELL majored in English literature and creative writing at Harvard College before becoming a Harvard-trained pediatric cardiologist. After the birth of her high-functioning autistic son, she left clinical practice to pursue clinical medical research, writing, and parenting her son more intensively. She has published two creative nonfiction essays in the Journal of the American Medical Association and has recently finished her first memoir. “DO YOU REALLY KNOW what you’re getting yourself into?” my husband, Tom, asks me. We are eating a mixed grill of steak, asparagus, and corn out on the back deck one June evening, enjoying the early summer air. Benjamin, our five-year-old son, is frolicking in the yard, which we’ve fenced in to keep him off the street behind the house. The little-kid wading pool is still…

17 min.
everything connected, everything broken

RACHEL TOLIVER has work published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Mid- American Review, West Branch, TriQuarterly, Puerto Del Sol, American Literary Review, the Chattahoochee Review, the New Republic, and Brevity. A winner of the 2017 AWP Intro Journals Project, she is an MFA student in nonfiction at Ohio State University. I COULD TELL YOU about the island fox: how, in the end, it was saved; how interventions were made; how mistakes were corrected. I could tell you how the problem was diagnosed, how redemption was enacted by caring professionals. The foxes, the smallest in North America, were nearly extinct, and then—through radio collars, captive breeding, and the elimination of predators—they were no longer endangered. Success was measureable. In the year 2000, there were seventy foxes on Santa Cruz Island, the largest…