"Sometimes, the most unlikely and unexpected juxtapositions of frame and focus create the most effective stories."
There’s a lot of waiting going on at CNF, but what we wait for most of all is compelling, informative, enticing narrative essays. Being able to publish great work is what makes all the rest of the waiting worthwhile.
We live in the world of online data and social media and reality TV. For better and worse, our notions of privacy are changing. And memoir has proven it’s here to stay.
Writing true stories that reflect what you think and see and remember can be rife with personal hazards.
These stories, personal and political, grapple with important questions that ultimately get at the heart of how to live.
The stories we tell have to matter--not only personally, but to the world at large.
Introduction to the Sustainability issue
"This where the art of telling true stories comes in. To read these fascinating and suspenseful, probing and pragmatic, wry and witty, outraged and determined, engaged and valiant dispatches is to know that we can shift from paralysis to motion."
"It is my fervent hope that this issue of CNF will help bring at least some small measure of clarity and urgency to our global 'failure to communicate' about the challenges facing us."
"This issue offers insight into the work, heartache, and challenges of publishing a literary magazine—and perhaps that's the most fitting way to make this milestone."
"Telling stories is how we try to make sense of otherwise inexplicable events."