Issue #52, Summer 2014
Telling Stories that Matter
Creative Nonfiction #52 explores the uses of storytelling--our oldest and perhaps most effective art form--in non-literary fields such as law and medicine. A special essays section features collaborations between writers and science policy scholars who teamed up to tell stories about topics including a curatorial crisis at the Smithsonian; a pediatric geneticist's decision to share potentially life-changing information with one of his patients; and one legislative aide's quest to save the Chesapeake Bay from the dietary supplement industry.
Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink reflects on the years of careful reporting behind her bestseller, Five Days at Memorial, and we look at the explosion in live storytelling series.
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What's the Story by Lee Gutkind
From the Editor
Thinking, Writing, Publishing by Lee Gutkind
Using narrative to bridge the gap between science policy and the public
Narrative Medicine, Narrative Humility by Sayantani DasGupta
Narrative medicine brings satisfaction and joy back to an ancient profession
What was my first line again? by Graham Shelby
In the spot light at The Moth Mainstage
An interview with the issue's illustrator, Matthew DiClemente
Writing for Life Leslie Jill Patterson
Encounter: Sheri Fink Lee Gutkind & Dan Sarewitz
Collective Forgetting Allison Marsh with Lizzie Wade
What Fish Oil Pills are Hiding David Schleifer & Alison Fairbrother
A Doctor's Dilemma Joon-Ho Yu & Maria Delaney
Losing, Yet Winning, in Life's Genetic Lottery Jill Sisson Quinn & Ramya Rajagopalan
For the Love of Yeast Niki Vermeulen & Molly Bain
Tell Me a Story: Is This a Golden Age of Live Storytelling? Paula Carter
Don't Borrow Trouble Alyssa Grace Sorresso
ARTWORK Matthew DiClemente
Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH, teaches in the Master's Program in Narrative Medicine and co-chairs a University Seminar–Narrative,... read more
Joon-Ho Yu is a bioethicist and social scientist. His work focuses on translational genomics, minority participation in research, and the... read more
David Schleifer researches and writes about healthcare, food, technology and education. His work has been published in venues including... read more
Molly Bain is a writer, teacher, and performer. She has taught everything from fourth grade to theater fundamentals to workshops on... read more
Jill Sisson Quinn is the author of Deranged: Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan and has received a John... read more
Sarewitz is Professor of Science and Society at Arizona State University, where he is co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy,... read more
Graham Shelby is a writer and professional storyteller in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s working on a memoir that includes the story he told at... read more