Issue #67, Starting Over
Creative Nonfiction #67, “Starting Over,” is dedicated to the proposition that we are all—always—works in progress. In nine new essays, writers come to terms with fate, test the limits of resilience, flirt with disaster, fall down, and get back up again … like it or not.
Plus, encouraging vulnerability in the creative writing classroom; Patricia Hampl explores the “essay mind”; coming to terms with chronic illness; tiny truths; and more.
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From the Editor Lee Gutkind
Completely Naked Jill Christman
"A Luminous Amazement at Existence" Heidi McKinley
The Queen Signal Kimberly Garza
The Littlest Wren Emily Polk
The Flaming Hair of Fate Philip Metres
In the Midst of Winter Geoffrey Melada
The Dark Month Christopher Collins
Relevé: To Rise Victoria Sottosanti
The Hotel Cadiz Suzanne Roberts
No One's a Virgin Wendy Rawlings
When I Say Goodbye Stacie Lewton Rice
The Wildebeest, or Everything and Nothing: The History of Pain Amy Schroeder
Jill Christman is the author of two memoirs, Darkroom: A Family Exposure (winner of the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction) and Borrowed... read more
Christopher Collins is a husband, father, former military officer, and twelve-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. He received his PhD in... read more
Kimberly Garza's fiction has been published in TriQuarterly, Huizache, Puerto del Sol, Bennington Review, CutBank, and elsewhere.... read more
Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the founder and editor of Creative... read more
Geoffrey W. Melada, a former prosecutor, earned his MA in 2014 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives and... read more
Heidi McKinley is an MFA nonfiction candidate at the University of New Orleans. Her work was a finalist for Cutthroat’s 2017... read more
Philip Metres is the author of nine books, including Sand Opera (2015) and The Sound of Listening: The Poetry of Refuge and Resistance... read more
Emily Polk lives and writes on a small island east of San Francisco, and she teaches writing at Stanford University. Her writing and radio... read more
Wendy Rawlings is the author of a novel, The Agnostics, and a collection of short stories, Come Back Irish. Her work has appeared recently... read more
Stacie Lewton Rice taught writing and literature at Boise State University for twenty years before leaving to work as a freelance... 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
Amy Newlove Schroeder's book of poems, The Sleep Hotel (Oberlin College Press), received the Field Prize. Her second collection,... read more