Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction

Spring 2021

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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Creative Nonfiction
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4 Números

en este número

14 min.
any given day

FROM ISSUE #56: WAITING JUDITH KITCHEN (1941–2014) was a prizewinning novelist, poet, and critic. She was the author of five collections of essays, including the novella-length The Circus Train (2014), and the winner of two Pushcart Prizes in nonfiction. She was cofounder of the Ranier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program and founder of Ovenbird Books, specializing in literary nonfiction. On any given day, something claims our attention.—HARUKI MURAKAMI MONDAY: May. I’ve been waiting for this all year, and now the talk of the World Cup is all about injury. Suárez, Costa, even Cristiano Ronaldo—all a bit iffy. Ghana’s team doctor—a witch doctor whose name translates into “Devil of Wednesday”—is claiming credit for Ronaldo’s problems, says he is “working on” a curse that will keep him from playing. My boys—Messi, Modric, di María, Marcelo—will be…

3 min.
about the artists

ASIA BEY is a Pittsburgh-based comedian and multidisciplinary artist. Her work ranges in tone from somber to absurd, with a focus on sequence, transition, and abstract narrative. She is the creator of GoodTalkGoodFun: w/Asia!, an absurdist public-access variety talk show that hosts independent comics and abstract storytelling performances. When she is not committed to personal projects, she vends at local and national small press fairs, works as a contract illustrator, and is a teaching artist with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. SETH CLARK’s drawings, paintings, and sculptures have shown nationally, including exhibitions in the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Chautauqua Institution. Recent honors include Best in Show at the Three Rivers Arts Festival and publication in New American Paintings. Clark was named Pittsburgh’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year by…

4 min.
tiny truths

Can you tell a true story in a single tweet? To join in the fun, follow us @cnfonline and tag your entries with #cnftweet. Your micro-essay could appear in the next issue of CNF! amalchik “When I grow up, will I have a baby?” She's four. The answer “You can choose” feels both liberating and precarious. 14 Jan 15 | Issue #56 EarthAndKids In a Front Range sandstone, I find a dinosaur footprint. Fresh mud records my footprints alongside. Will anyone find mine? 26 Aug 14 | Issue #54 bethwestmark They call it Memory Care now, but everyone knows it’s lack of memory that’s the problem. Good days, Dr. Jack wore his old dental smock and stalked the halls. When I spoke, he would smile and say, “So good of you to speak to me. Who were…

11 min.
no one lives here

FROM ISSUE #49: SURVIVAL STORIES GENEVIEVE ANNA TYRRELL is a visual artist and creative writer. She earned her BS in Electronic Media and Film at Towson University and her MFA in creative writing at the University of Central Florida. Her writing has been published in Creative Nonfiction, the Rumpus, Hippocampus Magazine, Carve Magazine, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. Her art has appeared in the Rumpus, Smokelong Quarterly, and Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. She is an assistant editor for Ghost Parachute, which has a flash fiction anthology forthcoming. She lives with her husband and daughter in Altamonte Springs, Florida, and teaches flash fiction and scriptwriting. I am waiting, you know. Waiting. For the next note. For the next beat. Something other than dead air. To…

12 min.
the walk home

FROM ISSUE #60: CHILDHOOD JUDITH BARRINGTON is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Long Love: New & Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2018). Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. She is also the author of the bestselling Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art. Short memoirs have been published in many literary journals including Creative Nonfiction, Narrative, Prime Number, Catamaran Literary Reader, and have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. ROY WAS A LANDMARK. Everyone who had cause to walk or drive or ride the number 12 bus up or down Tongdean Lane noted his presence just before the narrow, sooty tunnel under the railway that led to a sports stadium…

21 min.
wait times

FROM ISSUE #56: WAITING JOE FASSLER is author of Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process and the forthcoming novel The Sky Was Ours (Penguin, 2022). He lives in Denver. EARLY ON A WEDNESDAY MORNING, I heard an anguished cry—then silence. I rushed into the bedroom and watched my wife, Rachel, stumble from the bathroom, doubled over, hugging herself in pain. “Something’s wrong,” she gasped. Timestamp: September 18, 2013. About 8 am. This scared me. Rachel’s not the type to sound the alarm over every pinch or twinge. She cut her finger badly once, when we lived in Iowa City, and joked all the way to Mercy Iowa City as the rag wrapped around the wound reddened with her blood. She runs marathons, loves the grueling challenge of it—and once, hobbled by…