True Story

True Story is a new home for longform nonfiction narratives.

Published monthly by the editors of Creative Nonfiction magazine, each pocket-size issue of True Story showcases one exceptional essay by one exceptional writer. From issue to issue, this new mini-magazine features the widest possible variety of voices and styles and subjects.

Offering a vivid report from real life, each issue of True Story is a small immersion in a larger-than-life story or experience that makes us think differently about what it means to be human. 

Big stories. Small size. Delivered monthly.
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True Story, Issue #5
"How to Survive an Atomic Bomb" by Edward McPherson

The newly resonant story of the anything-goes days leading up to the July 1945 test detonation of the first atomic bomb at Trinity Site, Alamogordo, New Mexico as part of the US Manhattan Project. 


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True Story, Issue #4
"Juliet, Juliet" by Joy Pope 

A mid-life crisis can take many unlikely forms. In this modern day, real life Walter Mitty story, a middle-aged mom of two struggles to escape the tug of a persistent daydream in which her younger self globetrots with a half-dressed Jeremy Renner. 


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True Story, Issue #3
"Muzzled" by Gabriela Denise Frank 

On her eighteenth birthday, Gabriela Denise Frank asks her father to take her shooting in the desert—a father-daughter bonding day. But are there other motives behind her request? This far-ranging discussion of guns, ballistics, mass shootings, and the psychology of abuse ends in a simple question: Will she, or won’t she?


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True Story, Issue #2
"Trip to the Zoo" by Steven Church 

In September 2012, twenty-five-year-old David Villalobos abruptly dived from a monorail ride into the Siberian tiger pit at the Bronx Zoo. In True Story #2, Steven Church retraces (some of) Villalobos’s steps in an attempt to understand the impulse that drives him—and others like him—to get close to a predator.


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True Story, Issue #1
"Fruitland" by Steven Kurutz 

The premiere issue of True Story tells the story of Donnie and Joe Emerson, two brothers from Fruitland, WA, an isolated community outside of Spokane, who as teenagers in the late 1970s self-recorded an album in a log-cabin studio their father built for them on the family farm. The album, Dreamin' Wild, flopped upon its release but was rediscovered in a junk shop in 2008 and reissued by Light in the Attic records to critical and cult acclaim--but not without bringing out ghosts from the past and taking an emotional toll and the brothers and their family.

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