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Spring 2016

Issue #59, Marriage

Our spring issue surveys the contemporary landscape of matrimony, as writers recall walking down the aisle for the first or third or fifth time; vow never to wed again, except in the role of officiant; dissect the first year of marriage; brave city hall; and realize what it means to bind yourself, for better or for worse, to another person. There's no one way to get or to be married, and when it comes to the ties that bind, it's a new world.

Plus, a profile of New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox; why divorce memoirs are flourishing; and a special single-author collection of Tiny Truths.

Read Now

What's the Story #59 Lee Gutkind

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. read more

The Math of Marriage Elane Johnson

One simple equation compels the author to take a fifth trip down the aisle read more

Online Reading

Finding Truth in Technology

Sejal H. Patel

"What will 'true' mean when we have so many technological tools to aid us in recreating settings and scenes?" more

A Genre by Any Other Name?

Dinty W. Moore

The story behind the term "creative nonfiction." more


True Stories, Well Told

Edited by Lee Gutkind & Hattie Fletcher

Twenty of the most vital and vibrant stories from Creative Nonfiction magazine's first 20 years of literary publishing. more


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