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Creative Nonfiction Summer 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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what’s the story?

It’s more important than ever for writers to remain clear-eyed and to grapple with the big questions. THIS ISSUE IS ABOUT how to keep up—personally, politically, scientifically— with our rapidly changing world. In these essays, writers find new normals, ways to adjust or adapt and move forward in the face of adversity. But the flip side of adaptation—resisting changes that could be problematic and hurtful—is just as important. In particular, what I want to talk about today is how crucial it is for us, as creative nonfiction writers (and readers), to resist adapting to what seems to be a rapidly eroding belief in the existence of truth, and facts, not to mention a widespread failure to distinguish between what is real and what is not. Of course, an individual’s perception of reality is…

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the braided essay as social justice action

NICOLE WALKER is the author of two forthcoming books, Sustainability: A Love Story and Microcosmology. Her previous books include Egg, Micrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. She also edited Bending Genre with Margot Singer. She’s nonfiction editor at Diagram and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. The nouns in that sentence define nearly all of my writing. I write from a first-person point of view, from a place that defines and makes that “I”—I am as much Salt and Lake and City as anything. Salt is a place noun but, here, also acts as an adjective, describing the kind of lake. Salty also describes a kind of writing—irreverent, maybe even sailor-like. The lake part is misleading if…

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if the ferret crosses the road

LAWRENCE LENHART is the author of The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage (Outpost19) and a dozen essays about the black-footed ferret. His prose appears in Conjunctions, Fourth Genre, Passages North, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, teaches creative nonfiction and cli-fi at Northern Arizona University, and is the reviews editor of DIAGRAM. WINNER! Best Essay Prize THE LINE FOR THE FREE LUNCH is dozens of uniformed employees from state and federal agencies, who are apparently starving. They shuffle through in their straw hats, broad vests, faded jeans, and cruddy boots, and fling gobs of various casseroles onto their Styrofoam plates. One woman, either a member of the media or an invited volunteer like me, asks no one in particular, “Isn’t there any elk?” As a vegetarian, I’m accustomed…

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pluripotent

AMANDA C. NIEHAUS is an American-Australian biologist and writer, currently an Australian Research Council Fellow at the University of Queensland, where she studies sex and death in wild animals. Writing awards include mentorship in the 2016 AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program and a 2017 Varuna Residential Fellowship to work on her first novel. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Agni (online), NOON, Literary Mama, and Monkeybicycle. PART 1. IN 1911, J. F. Gudernatsch conducted an experiment on tadpoles, in which he fed them pieces of organs—including thyroid, liver, adrenal gland, pituitary gland, muscle, thymus, testicle, or ovary—from horses, calves, cats, dogs, pigs, or rabbits. He described the food as “ravenously taken by the animals.” Gudernatsch found that thyroid suppressed growth in the tadpoles but caused their immediate metamorphosis. They became…

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first laugh

NANCY McGLASSON retired to tell her stories after forty years as a teacher and administrator at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is writing two memoirs: Flying Kites at Night is about her son’s suicide and online “help” groups, and Make Yourself an Interesting Woman describes her grandmother’s musical career, one largely based in African-American traditions although she was white. “First Laugh” is her first published story. WE WERE RIGHT ON TIME. People were claiming their seats in the uneven circle, and since Jo had told PJ, the leader, that we were coming, PJ had saved us two folding chairs right next to her blue sky and white clouds beanbag chair. Welcoming, not at all tall, and with her hands busily underlining her words, she reminded me of a fun Italian…

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something like vertigo

ELIZABETH RUSH is the author of Rising: The Unsettling of the American Shore (Milkweed Editions, 2018). She teaches creative writing at Brown University and is the recent recipient of the Howard Foundation Fellowship in creative nonfiction. THE SUMMER I MOVED BACK to New England was also the summer my father came down with vertigo. At least, we called it vertigo, though, in truth, we didn’t know exactly what it was and neither did the doctors. My parents were visiting Montreal when it started, this sensation of not really knowing which way was down. My father thinks a sandwich caused his vertigo. He tells the story like this: in Montreal, he went to a Hungarian butcher and ate slice after slice of winter salami. For months, he had been avoiding nitrates and salicylates,…

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