Issue #62, Joy

Winter 2017

This issue captures elusive, unexpected moments of joy. Whether trying to make the most of an audience with the Dalai Lama, worrying about an eighth-grade Dinner Dance, or straining to see the stars in the night sky, contributors find themselves transported beyond distractions, discomforts, and disasters. We also explore the joys of the writing life, from the feel of the perfect pen to the satisfactions of changing readers’ minds.

Plus, writing through grief; tips for having more fun at the writing desk; tiny truths; and more.


Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind
The Joy of Writing Jennifer Niesslein
How to Have More Fun on the Job Susan Bruns Rowe
The Wonder of the Look on Her Face Brian Doyle
Rumors of Lost Stars Kim Kankiewicz
The Wanting Creature Jennifer Sinor
Hierarchy of Needs Angela Palm
The Butterfly Pavilion Laura Haugen
The Gentleman's Guide to Arousal-free Slow Dancing Brendan O'Meara
It Wasn't Until I was an Old Woman that I Began to Enjoy Being Beautiful Toi Derricotte
We're All Going to Die... and That's OK Leah Kaminsky
The Mysterious and Sometimes Even Radiant World of Grief Melanie Brooks
An Equation: Solve for Father Laura Kendall


Melanie Brooks

Melanie Brooks earned an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. She teaches... read more

Susan Bruns Rowe

Susan Bruns Rowe writes and teaches in Boise, Idaho. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, the Brevity blog, Penny, and the... read more

Toi Derricotte

Toi Derricotte's most recent book is The Undertaker's Daughter. Her honors include the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize for Sustained... read more

Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle was the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon and the author of many books of essays and fiction... read more

Lee Gutkind

Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the founder and editor of Creative... read more

Laura Haugen

Laura Haugen is a writer and former diplomat living in Dubai. Her essays have appeared in Brain, Child, and River Teeth’s “... read more

Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky's debut novel, The Waiting Room, won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize. Other books include, We're All... read more

Kim Kankiewicz

Kim Kankiewicz is a Seattle-area writer and editor. She writes essays, articles, and reviews for publications including Brain, Child, Salon... read more

Laura Kendall

Laura Kendall received her MFA from Butler University, where she was the nonfiction editor of the journal Booth. Her essays have appeared... read more

Alicia Rebecca Myers

Alicia Rebecca Myers is a writer who loves large bodies of water and karaoke power ballads. Her chapbook of poems, My Seaborgium, was... read more

Jennifer Niesslein

Jennifer Niesslein is the editor and founder of Full Grown People, editor of two FGP anthologies, and author of one memoir. She’s... read more

Brendan O'Meara

Brendan O’Meara is an award-winning reporter and author of Six Weeks in Saratoga: How Three-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the... read more

Angela Palm

Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, an Indie Next... read more

Jennifer Sinor

Jennifer Sinor is the author of two forthcoming books: a collection of essays entitled Letters Like the Day: On Reading Georgia O’... read more