Nonfiction

Melissa Goodnight

Focusing on the “Real” of Life

Julie Patterson interviews
Melissa Goodnight

 
 

Nonfiction reader Julie Patterson recently had this exchange with Issue #40 featured nonfiction writer Melissa Goodnight. Here’s what Melissa had to say about how she approached revealing intimate moments in her own life, and how writing helped to process her grief in service to others… 
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JOV NEW

NONFICTION ISSUE #40

Doll

By Melissa Goodnight
 
 

Dana worked the morning shift at Skaggs Regional Hospital. As far as nurses go, she was friendly and efficient. She was a sturdy girl, with gentle hands and a welcoming hug. In the early morning hours, as the sun made its slow climb from behind the clouds, Dana could be found shuffling cords and fluffing pillows…
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Riggle

NONFICTION ISSUE #39

Take My Hand So I Can Walk

By Peter Galligan
 
 

April and I are married, expecting a child. We’re at Denver Health, the city’s municipal hospital, for an ultrasound. The room is dark. April is holding my hand as I sit next to the bed. Being terrified of having a child to begin with, I sit silently with sweaty pits…
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Let the Real Truth Shape Your Work

Alex Carroll interviews
Shaun Anderson

 
 

Nonfiction reader Alex Carroll recently had this exchange with Issue #38 featured nonfiction author Shaun Anderson. Here’s what he had to say about how journaling informs his writing, how he navigates the line between fact and fiction, what he’s working on next, and more… 
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Many Men

NONFICTION ISSUE #38

Spiritual Dissonance

By Shaun Anderson
 
 

The mission president told me I suffered from something called “spiritual dissonance.”  He described it as a situation where what I know (I am a missionary, called by God, to teach others about the true church of Jesus Christ) and what I want (a relationship with a man) exist with internal discord….
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Jordan Floyd

The Energy of a Moment

Alex Carroll interviews
Jordan Floyd

 
 

One of our nonfiction readers, Alex Carroll, recently had this exchange with Issue #29 featured author Jordan Floyd. Here’s what he had to say about his literary influences (including Joan Didion and Lil Peep), his experiences growing up in Utah, his current work as a playwright, and more… 
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Firefly

NONFICTION ISSUE #37

Fireflies

By Wendy Fontaine
 
 

My daughter runs through the backyard of our rented cottage in Peachtree City, a southern town named for the fuzzy fruit that grow in every orchard. Stars appear in a darkening sky, and the air is sticky-sweet with the scent of magnolia…
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allow your readers to ache with your words

Alexandra Carroll interviews
Mahdis Marzooghian

 

Our nonfiction reader Alexandra Carroll recently had this exchange with Mahdis Marzooghian, our Issue #35 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her recently completed novel, her wonderful experiences with writing workshops, and the importance of balance in writing nonfiction… Read more

mining your deepest psychic reserves

Alexandra Carroll interviews
Rachel Veroff

 

Our nonfiction reader Alexandra Carroll recently had this exchange with Rachel Veroff, our Issue #34 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her writing process, authors who inspire her, and the importance of generosity in writing nonfiction… Read more

the strangeness within the known

Mindy Wong interviews
Lynne Feeley

 

Our nonfiction editor Mindy Wong recently had this exchange with Lynne Feeley, our Issue #36 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her writing and revision process, her inspirations and influences, and the research involved in crafting her essay “The Measurer of Ruin”… Read more