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Creative Nonfiction Summer 2016

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?

IF YOU WANT TO SEE something that will warm your heart—and then maybe make you laugh out loud or shake your head in amazement—Google childhood and click on Images. You’ll see hundreds, maybe thousands, of portraits of loveliness and sheer happiness, connoting joy, pleasure, innocence. Kids hiking in pristine woods, playing games in the park, finger-painting, blowing bubbles, cavorting with beach balls. Babies with doting parents. There’s a little boy with a bowl of spaghetti overturned on his head, eating and giggling. All the children are beautiful, well groomed, dressed neatly. Most are white. What the hell is this all about? I thought, scrolling. I don’t remember any of these scenes from my childhood. How in the hell did I miss the happiness boat, here? Childhood has been on my mind lately—not only…

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required reading

RANDON BILLINGS NOBLE is an essayist. Her work has appeared in the Modern Love column of the New York Times, the Georgia Review, the Rumpus, Brevity, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. She is a nonfiction editor at r.kv.r.y quarterly, Reviews Editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and a reviewer for the A.V. Club. FOR CHILDREN, the world of fact is riveting. Whether they are looking at a book about polar bears in the Arctic or watching worms wriggle on the sidewalk, whether they are learning about faraway galaxies or stargazing in the backyard, whether they are reading a biography of Newton or noticing the way a penny sinks in a fountain, children are fascinated by the way the world works, both in life and on the page. And sometimes their early reading has…

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i survived the blizzard of ’79

BETH ANN FENNELLY directs the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi, where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and United States Artists, as well as a Fulbright to Brazil. Fennelly has published three books of poetry and one of nonfiction, all with Norton, and a novel coauthored with her husband, Tom Franklin. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs is forthcoming from Norton. WE DIDN’T QUESTION. Or complain. It wouldn’t have occurred to us, and it wouldn’t have helped. I was eight. Julie was ten. We didn’t know yet that this blizzard would earn itself a moniker that would be silk-screened on T-shirts. We would own such a shirt, which extended its tenure in our house as a rag…

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the walk home

WINNER! Best Essay Prize JUDITH BARRINGTON's Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the 2001 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 and four collections of poetry. She has been a faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at University of Alaska Anchorage and teaches workshops around the United States, as well as in Britain and Spain. 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 enclosed by an S-bend on the hill. Roy’s house, outside…

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the red caboose

BRIAN BROOME is an English and creative writing major at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. EVERYTHING I EVER LEARNED about white people, I learned from the enormous color television set that sat front and center in our ramshackle living room. I did not have access to any actual white people’s homes, so the television was all I had to educate me as to what all the fuss was about. Day after day and well into the night, I sat there in my threadbare pajamas, eating a bowl of cereal or a fried bologna sandwich while the colored lights danced across my face, teaching me the Ways of the Sitting a foot from the screen, I learned that white children were ethereally beautiful and perpetually innocent; even their mistakes were charming. White children…

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sunday drive

RUNNER-UP! Best Essay Prize KRISTI MURRAY COSTELLO is an assistant professor of writing studies and the director of the Writing Program and Writing Center at Arkansas State University. She is the recipient of two Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Project prizes, an Academy of American Poets College Prize, and the Newhouse Writing Award for Poetry. Her work can be found in Barrelhouse, Paddlefish, Paterson Literary Review, Flexible Persona, Caduceus, Pennsylvania English, Connecticut River Review, Chariton Review, and Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, among others. She lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas, with her husband, Liam, and their two adorable rescue dogs, and she spends far too much money and time on rock concerts. MY MOM WAKES ME Sunday morning from my borrowed bed by dangling my one pair…