Issue 53 / Fall 2014
Bad tattoos, unintended pregnancies, medical errors, and more
Creative Nonfiction #53, our first-ever readers’ choice theme issue, is dedicated to MISTAKES. We’ve collected an explosive group of essays exploring wrong turns and missteps—from a dramatic prison protest to an ill-advised game of strip-spin-the-bottle, from a bad tattoo to the epidemic of errors plaguing our healthcare system. Together, these true stories grapple with questions that get at the heart of how to live.
Plus, why building a platform is a waste of a writer’s time, why publishing won’t make you happy, and why readers shouldn’t worry (too much) about the occasional typo. With illustrations by Kelly Blevins.
Patricia A. Nugent
Carol Fisher Saller
Scott Loring Sanders
Jamie L. Beaudoin
Maggie E. Pahos
The power of narrative
The stories we hear, the tales we tell
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