Issue #72, Games

Fall 2019

Play is serious business! In Creative Nonfiction #72: "Games," writers connect with friends, family, and strangers to play Hanabi and hide-and-seek, mah-jongg and make-believe. Online or in-person, they explore other worlds, try on new ways of being, and find unexpected meaning.

Plus: what writers can learn from video game audience research; the importance of rhythm in prose; Procrastination Bingo; and much more.

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Table of Contents

What's the Story #72 Lee Gutkind ... read more
The Serious Business of Play Sasha Barab and Alan Gershenfeld ... read more
Whispers from the Field Sheryl St. Germain ... read more
Keeping Score Renee Aukeman Prymus
Never a Sure Bet Amber Wong
Beautiful Slop Veronica Kavass
Almost Home Sarah Einstein
Special Time Nicole Graev Lipson
How to Earn the Ending Sarah Rosenthal
Inside Out and Outside In Gabe Montesanti ... read more
All in the Cards Yvette Benavides
They've Got Rhythm, How 'Bout You? Eben Pindyck
The Fake MFA Syllabus Geoff Martin
Procrastination Bingo CNF Staff ... read more


Sasha Barab and Alan Gershenfeld

Sasha Barab is an internationally recognized learning scientist who researches, designs, and publishes on the power of immersive games and... read more

Yvette Benavides

Yvette Benavides teaches creative writing at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She is editor of the anthology series... read more

Sarah Einstein

Sarah Einstein teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is the author of Mot: A Memoir (University of... read more

Linda Stallman Gibson

Linda Stallman Gibson’s career as an early childhood teacher and professor of education at Queens College, CUNY, ended just as... 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

Veronica Kavass

Veronica Kavass is a writer and investigator based in New Orleans. She received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota... read more

Nicole Graev Lipson

Nicole Graev Lipson’s writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe Magazine, the Hudson Review, Poet Lore, and... read more

Geoff Martin

Geoff Martin grew up in southwestern Ontario, taught English at the City Colleges of Chicago, and recently moved to San Francisco from... read more

Gabe Montesanti

Gabe Montesanti has an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and teaches creative writing at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center... read more

Eben Pindyck

Eben Pindyck teaches writing at Portland State University. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and on read more

Renee Aukeman Prymus

Renee Aukeman Prymus is a lecturer in composition at the University of Pittsburgh, a contributing writer to the Daily Worker Placement, and... read more

Sarah Rosenthal

Sarah Rosenthal is an MFA candidate in nonfiction at Columbia University, where she also serves as a teaching fellow. Her work has appeared... read more

Sheryl St. Germain

Sheryl St. Germain has published six poetry books and two collections of essays, and coedited two anthologies. The Small Door of Your Death... read more

Amber Wong

Amber Wong is an environmental engineer in Seattle, who writes about identity, the depth of family secrets, and the breadth of... read more