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    Issue 55 Spring 2015

    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.

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    Issue 53 Fall 2014


    Creative Nonfiction #53, our first-ever readers' choice theme issue, is dedicated to MISTAKES. We've collected an explosive group of essays exploring wrong turns and missteps—from a dramatic prison protest to an ill-advised game of strip-spin-the-bottle, from a bad tattoo to the epidemic of errors plaguing our healthcare system. Together, these true stories grapple with questions that get at the heart of how to live.

    Plus, why building a platform is a waste of a writer's time, why publishing won't make you happy, and why readers shouldn't worry (too much) about the occasional typo.

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    Issue 52 Summer 2014

    Telling Stories that Matter

    Creative Nonfiction #52 explores the uses of storytelling--our oldest and perhaps most effective art form--in non-literary fields such as law and medicine. A special essays section features collaborations between writers and science policy scholars who teamed up to tell stories about topics including a curatorial crisis at the Smithsonian; a pediatric geneticist's decision to share potentially life-changing information with one of his patients; and one legislative aide's quest to save the Chesapeake Bay from the dietary supplement industry.

    Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink reflects on the years of careful reporting behind her bestseller, Five Days at Memorial, and we look at the explosion in live storytelling series.

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    Issue 51 Spring 2014


    Creative Nonfiction #51, our "Human Face of Sustainability" issue, features true stories about moms, scientists, farmers, and others who are trying to change the world. Plus, guest editor Donna Seaman talks with environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert about climate change, her adventures with scientists, and why her books don't have happy endings.

    And, of course, there's a fantastic new "Pushing the Boundaries" piece and a slew of sustainability-related micro-essays. All intricately illustrated by Marcy Miranda Janes.

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    Issue 50 Fall 13/Winter 14

    CNF Gold

    Our 50th issue is a big deal--and that's not just hype. CNF #50 spans two seasons (Fall and Winter!) and is nearly double the length of a normal issue of Creative Nonfiction.

    To celebrate almost 20 years of literary publishing, we've created the ultimate reading experience. This issue serves as an in-depth primer and a kickass introduction for anyone new to the magazine (or the genre), while providing longtime readers with new insight and never-before-told stories about the origins of Creative Nonfiction--and a peek into the future--from founding editor Lee Gutkind.

    PLUS: We're bringing out some of our greatest hits. The issue features ten remarkable true stories from our first 50 issues, with new introductions from CNF editors past and present.

    It's Creative Nonfiction gold!

Online Reading

Man on the Tracks

Erika Anderson

When you watch a man on the tracks before an oncoming train, that’s exactly what you do: watch. more

The Square Root of True


A virtual roundtable on the art of micro-essaying. more


Elizabeth Kolbert

Environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change, her adventures with scientists, and why her books don't have happy endings. more


Matthew DiClemente

“Once the numbers get large enough the data can say anything.” more

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