Encounters

The Scene Is In Flux

A Conversation with Lawrence Lenhart

"I couldn’t have known what a story he would live."

A Conversation with Cecilia Woloch
Cecilia Woloch, one of our essayists from the "How We Teach" issue, tracks down a student from her past. Hear what she has to say about the relationship we have to those whom we write about.

Teaching, Writing, and Reflecting

A Conversation with Margaret Downey
The winner of Creative Nonfiction's "How We Teach" essay contest discusses her first teaching experience and the lessons she learned from it.

Diving Deep

An interview with Ted Conover
Serial immersionist Ted Conover on the connections between anthropology and journalism; knowing when to resist digression; and the importance of writing “across the aisle.”

What We Can't See

A Conversation with Kim Kankiewicz
Sometimes we are blind to what brings us the most joy. An interview with the winner of the $1,000 "Joy" essay contest!

Connecting the Dots

A Conversation with Yelizaveta P. Renfro
Exploring the idea of Alaska as America's final frontier and the relationship between the park's wild residents and visiting tourists. An interview with the winner of the $5,000 "Learning from Nature" essay contest!

True Empathy or Understanding Is Rare

A conversation with Judith Barrington
Writing becomes a safe space for difficult memories. An interview with the winner of the $1,000 "Childhood" essay contest!

We Can Only Navigate With What We Know

A conversation with Elane Johnson
"The tidbit 'married five times' naturally inspires some negative perceptions ..." An interview with the winner of the $1,000 marriage essay contest!

How Place Makes Us Human

A conversation with Amaris Ketcham
The winner of Creative Nonfiction's 'The Weather' contest talks about her prize-winning essay, "Recorded Lightning."

How can something so beautiful be so deadly at the same time?

An interview with Al Roker
America's weatherman on his accidental television career; why we’re so addicted to watching news coverage of weather events; and the satisfactions of writing books.

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