Issue #55, The Memoir Issue
Our spring edition, "The Memoir Issue," is big news: a special double issue with twice as many stories as usual, from places as far-ranging as Japan, Australia, the Marshall Islands, the Appalachian Trail, and Vermont.
This issue is also big in scope, illustrating thorny issues such as the power (and fallibility) of memory; the challenges of telling other people’s stories accurately; and the art of self-analysis and reflection.
Plus, CNF #55 features columns on how social media might be changing human memory; readers’ duty to wield belief responsibly; accepting the narcissist within; tiny truths; and more.
The end result is a hulk of an issue that showcases and celebrates the rich possibilities of the form. You don’t want to miss this one.
This issue is currently sold out.
A digital edition is available here.
What's the (Personal) Story? by Lee Gutkind
From the editor
The Meek Shall Inherit the Memoir by Harrison Scott Key
Think writing memoir makes you a pathological narcissist? Think again.
Of Memoir & Memory by Robert Atwan
We need better critical tools for discussing the genre
The Perils of Perfect Memory by Daphne Strassmann
The new past, according to social media
Believe It by Sarah Smarsh
Narrative credibility is in the eye of the beholder
The Coronation of Bobby Mimi Schwartz
Do No Harm Kelly Fig Smith
Black is the Body Emily Bernard
Steps Scott Loring Sanders
A Strand of Pearls and a Fountain Pen D.T. Nguyen
My Father's Secrets Ron Tanner
Cast a Net Gillian Smith
Territorial Imperative in Planaria Marilyn Moriarty
Tangle of Lines Brenna Fitzgerald
Girl on Fire Gina Warren
The Grief Scale Suzanne Roberts
Believe It Sarah Smarsh
Age, Formative Rolf Potts
Robert Atwan is the founder and series editor of “The Best American Essays.” He also publishes America Now: Short Readings from... read more
Emily Bernard’s essays have been reprinted in The Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and The Best Creative... read more
Brenna Fitzgerald is a writer based in Seattle. She was born in Wisconsin; started kindergarten in Prague; grew up in New Orleans,... read more
Harrison Scott Key is the author of The World’s Largest Man (HarperCollins), which is a memoir somewhere between A River Runs through... read more
Marilyn Moriarty won the 2014 Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal for Best Essay. Her writing has been published in the Antioch Review, the... read more
D.T. Nguyen immigrated to the United States as a child in 1975, after the fall of Vietnam. She is completing a collection of nonfiction... read more
Rolf Potts is the author of three books: Marco Polo Didn't Go There, Vagabonding, and Souvenir. His essays and reportage have... read more
Suzanne Roberts is the author of the award-winning memoir Almost Somewhere (Bison Books, 2012), as well as four collections of poetry. She... read more
Scott Loring Sanders lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In 2014, he had a story featured in The Best American Mystery Stories,... read more
Mimi Schwartz’s books include Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed and Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father’s German... read more
Sarah Smarsh has reported on class disparity for Harper's, Guernica, and the Guardian, and her essays on cultural boundaries have... read more
Gillian Smith is an Australian freelance editor and technical writer, living in the hills outside the city of Melbourne. She is an emerging... read more
Kelly Fig Smith writes from her home in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Her essays have been published online at Literary Mama, the Christian Science... read more
Daphne Strassmann has written a memoir about finding safety, identity, culture, and language amid the alienation that comes with... read more
Ron Tanner is a professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland, where he directs the Marshall Islands Story Project. His novel, Missile... read more