Issue #63, How We Teach
Our spring issue, Creative Nonfiction #63: “How We Teach,” reaches far beyond the traditional classroom. Contributors travel to the kitchen, to rehab centers, to the dentist’s office, and as far as Saudi Arabia in these stories about making a meaningful impact.
Plus, immersion artist Ted Conover on the importance of talking with people on the other side of the political divide; Sheryl St. Germain’s argument for broadening the scope of the creative writing MFA; teaching writing in twenty minutes a day; tiny truths; and more.
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The Month That I Taught English, We Had Prisoners Running Through Our Backyards Margaret Downey
Debriefing Meredith Crandell
Everything Connected, Everything Broken Rachel Toliver
Dentistry's Problem Child Nikki Schulak
I've Taught Monsters Jessica Lahey
Khalid David MacWilliams
Piano Lessons Ellen Michaelson
Highly Gifted/Highly-At-Risk Cecilia Woloch
Just Write Matthew Mercier
Concatenate Deb Werrlein
Dr. Meredith Crandell majored in English literature and creative writing at Harvard College before becoming a Harvard-trained pediatric... read more
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... read more
Jessica Lahey is a teacher and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So... read more
David MacWilliams teaches writing and linguistics at Adams State University in Colorado. His essays have appeared in Pilgrimage, Mason’s... read more
Matthew Mercier is a writer, teacher, and storyteller, living in New York. His work has been published in Glimmer Train, Rosebud, and the... read more
Ellen Michaelson is a physician in Portland, Oregon, and an MFA graduate from Pacific University. Her work has appeared in Portland Monthly... read more
Joanne B. Mulcahy teaches creative nonfiction at Lewis and Clark College and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Her... read more
Nikki Schulak writes and performs comedy about bodies and relationships in Portland, OR. She has a Master’s degree from the Bank... read more
A native New Orleanian, Sheryl St. Germain has published five poetry books and two memoirs, the most recent of which is Navigating Disaster... read more
Rachel Toliver has work published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, West Branch, TriQuarterly, Puerto Del Sol,... read more
Deb Werrlein is a former adjunct English professor, who now works as a freelance writer/editor and volunteer literacy tutor. Her writing... read more