From the Magazine

Before We’re Writers, We’re Readers

Required Reading
Fifteen contemporary writers of creative nonfiction discuss the nonfiction books they remember best from childhood and which influenced them as writers.

I Survived the Blizzard of ’79

Essay
As the snow falls ever heavier and the temperature drops ever lower in the author's hometown, she ventures out into a world of white.

The Marrying Kind

Essay
Married for twenty years, happily divorced for six, the author vowed never to wed again—except in the role of officiant.

Afterlife

Writer at Work
New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox has the last word

The Pit and the Page

"I can’t think about my mother, who is dying slowly and furiously. My grief is an unpacked box of sharp pieces stacked in a dark storeroom; I lug around a catalog of unfinished business."

What's the Story #59

From the Editor
These days, we’re free—for better or for worse, as the traditional ceremony puts it—to pick and choose rather than relying on tradition to tell us.

The Math of Marriage

Winner: Best Essay Prize, "Marriage"
One simple equation compels the author to take a fifth trip down the aisle

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!

A Story We Tell Ourselves and Others

Required Reading
Finding inspiration in marriage memoirs

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."

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