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    Issue 65 Science & Religion

    Fall 2017

    Creative Nonfiction #65 is dedicated to discovering unexplored harmonies between science and religion. Whether considering the spiritual potential of Google search, talking to high school biology teachers in central Pennsylvania, studying the Mormon cosmos, or forging a career path that passes through both the seminary and the science lab, the writers in this issue seek a nuanced view of the world that demands both wisdom and wonder.

    Plus, an encounter with Marilynne Robinson; the challenges of writing about religious experience without using the word God; a survey of spiritual writing, from St. Augustine to St. Joan (Didion); tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #12

    "Spinning" by Jill Christman

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #12 For years, Jill Christman has been waiting for her long-lost lover to communicate with her from beyond the grave. Finally, he walks into her early-morning exercise class, setting her world awhirl.

     

     

     

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    Issue 63 How We Teach

    Spring 2017

    Our spring issue, Creative Nonfiction #63: “How We Teach,” reaches far beyond the traditional classroom. Contributors travel to the kitchen, to rehab centers, to the dentist’s office, and as far as Saudi Arabia in these stories about making a meaningful impact.

    Plus, immersion artist Ted Conover on the importance of talking with people on the other side of the political divide; Sheryl St. Germain’s argument for broadening the scope of the creative writing MFA; teaching writing in twenty minutes a day; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #11

    "79" by Brian Broome

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #11 The 79 bus loops around the housing projects in the East Hills of Pittsburgh all day—“like a noose,” as reluctant resident Brian Broome puts it. This might be one of Pittsburgh’s least tourist-friendly neighborhoods, and Broome an extremely uncomfortable tour guide … but the trip is well worth taking.

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    Issue 62 Joy

    Winter 2017

    This issue captures elusive, unexpected moments of joy. Whether trying to make the most of an audience with the Dalai Lama, worrying about an eighth-grade Dinner Dance, or straining to see the stars in the night sky, contributors find themselves transported beyond distractions, discomforts, and disasters. We also explore the joys of the writing life, from the feel of the perfect pen to the satisfactions of changing readers’ minds.

    Plus, writing through grief; tips for having more fun at the writing desk; tiny truths; and more.

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    True Story, Issue #10

    "Tarot of Transformation" by Sonja Swift

    Offering vivid, immersive reports from real life, every issue of True Story is a small celebration of the larger-than-life stories and experiences that make us think differently about what it means to be human.


    ABOUT ISSUE #10: In vignettes structured through the 22 cards of the Tarot deck’s Major Arcana, a young woman kayaks the rough waters of the Pacific, journeys through the Colombian Amazon, hikes through summer in Alaska, hops trains from coast to coast, and wanders the streets of San Francisco. Is she following her wayfaring spirit, attempting to quell her wanderlust, or is she running from something even she doesn’t understand?

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    Issue 61 Fall 2016

    Learning from Nature

    In this issue, we seek inspiration from the natural world. Deer antlers help surgeons build better prostheses, and scientists studying hibernation in arctic ground squirrels find a possible key to understanding Alzheimer’s disease. Biomimicry visionary Janine Benyus fights to restore natural balance on a parcel of land in Montana, and in Oregon, naturalists grapple with the ethics of killing one species of owl to protect another owl’s habitat.

    Plus, how essay structures work on the human brain; 50 years of women writers exploring wilderness; hermit-crab essays; Thoreau’s remarkably elaborate journaling process; tiny truths; and more.

Online Reading

How the Mind Works

Dave Madden

The better we understand the brain's processes, the more artful our writing can be.   more

I Survived the Blizzard of ’79

Beth Ann Fennelly

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. more

Encounters

Janine Benyus

Adelheid Fischer

Adelheid Fischer visits biomimicry expert Janine Benyus, who puts her theories to the test in her Montana backyard. more

Artwork

Taking Cues from the Cityscape

"I try to let my work lead me where it wants to go, instead of me dictating the final product." more

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