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Creative Nonfiction Is True Stories, Well Told
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Current Issue / Issue 75 Spring 2021
This milestone issue features some of our favorite prizewinning essays. These curious, beautiful, nuanced stories about everything from surviving lightning strikes to the relief of solving medical mysteries consider the many perils, as well as the tremendous power, of living in a body.
Plus, brief excerpts from some of the phenomenal interviews we’ve published over the years, with advice and reflections on craft from writers including Dave Eggers, Leslie Jamison, Patricia Hampl, and many others.
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HarrietMy brother caught a turtle in the pond near our house. She was a painted turtle, about four inches in diameter, her legs and shell striped with orange. We named her Harriet. There was an old aquarium tank gathering dust in the basement, and we brought it upstairs, wiped it down, furnished it with rocks and twigs from the backyard.
Stay at HomeI know where to step. I tiptoe from plank to plank. The hallway and stairs are the trickiest spots in this old house, but I’ve mastered how to avoid the areas that creak and crackle and pop and whine.
Almost Behind Us“I think he knocked out my tooth,” I tell my husband, carefully feeling around my mouth with my tongue. My three-year-old had been in my arms, but he’d wanted to dance. As I was putting him down on the floor, he jumped too soon, colliding with my chin.
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What is Creative Nonfiction?
Dive in with CNF Founder and Editor, Lee Gutkind
Creative Nonﬁction magazine deﬁnes the genre simply, succinctly, and accurately as “true stories well told.” And that, in essence, is what creative nonﬁction is all about.
In some ways, creative nonﬁction is like jazz—it’s a rich mix of ﬂavors, ideas, and techniques, some newly invented and others as old as writing itself.