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Spring 2014

Issue #51, Sustainability

Creative Nonfiction #51, our "Human Face of Sustainability" issue, features true stories about moms, scientists, farmers, and others who are trying to change the world. Plus, guest editor Donna Seaman talks with environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert about climate change, her adventures with scientists, and why her books don't have happy endings.

And, of course, there's a fantastic new "Pushing the Boundaries" piece and a slew of sustainability-related micro-essays. All intricately illustrated by Marcy Miranda Janes.

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Facing Facts Donna Seaman

Why individual stories offer our best collective chance for overcoming the global challenges threatening our well-being and survival. read more

Turning out the lights just isn't going to do it Elizabeth Kolbert

Environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change, her adventures with scientists, and why her books don't have happy endings. read more

Online Reading

Picturing the Personal Essay

Tim Bascom

A visual guide. more


Mary Paumier Jones

Sometimes you have to wander to get where you're going. more


Southern Sin

Edited by Lee Gutkind & Beth Ann Fennelly

“The most dangerous stories are the true ones, the ones we hesitate to tell, the adventures laden with fear or shame or the relentless pull of regret. Some of those are about things that we are secretly deeply proud to have done.” - Dorothy Allison more


2014 Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference

Three days dedicated to the art, craft, and power of true stories. Get the inside story from editors and agents on cutting-edge pulishing options--and individual feedback on your current writing project.  MAY 23-25, PITTSBURGH, PA more




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