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Nonfiction Issue #51

The Long Middle

By Joumana Altallal

 

I jokingly admit to my friend Yasin, over coffee at a bookstore downtown, that all I really want is to write a good Muslim rom-com. Inevitably, we begin the conversation with The Big Sick. And then a single question: “Have you ever been in love?” I’m nervous to answer…
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Stars, Luck and Hope

Abi Newhouse interviews
Rémy Ngamije

 

Nonfiction reader Abi Newhouse recently had this exchange with Issue #50 featured nonfiction writer Rémy Ngamije. Here’s what Rémy had to say about the structure of his essay, Namibia’s first literary magazine, his literary influences, and more… 
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Nonfiction Issue #50

Death is an Outer Body Experience

By Rémy Ngamije

 

Do not confuse death and dying. Dying is internal. Morphine in the arteries. The heart’s countdown. Organs shutting down one at a time. The laboured breathing. A last flicker of the eyes. And then, what? Silence? I do not know. The dead are not talking….
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A Sense of Rhythm

Steve Lausier interviews
Jessica Watson

 

Interim nonfiction co-editor Steve Lausier recently had this exchange with Issue #49 featured nonfiction author Jessica Watson. Here’s what Jessica had to say about the value of participating in an MFA program, how music influences her writing, her literary influences, and more… 
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An Often Contradictory Truth

Coty Poynter interviews
Joanna Greenberg

 

Nonfiction reader Coty Poynter recently had this exchange with Issue #48 featured nonfiction writer Joanna Greenberg. Here’s what Joanna had to say about the tightrope between fact and fiction, the challenge of writing about memory, how pursuing an MFA opened opportunities, and more… 
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Nonfiction Issue #48

To Believe or to Know

By Joanna Greenberg

 

It started like this: the second love poem I ever wrote was for you. Before I wrote it, I wrote one to my depression. I was fourteen, and the poem was a long metaphor comparing my unpredictable moods to the weather…
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Seeking Community

Julie Patterson interviews
Steven Moore

 

Nonfiction co-editor Julie Patterson recently had this exchange with Issue #47 featured nonfiction writer Steven Moore. Here’s what Steven had to say about writing a memoir, the challenge of marrying form and content, how his work as a journal editor informs his writing, and more… 
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Nonfiction Issue #47

Song for No One’s Backyard

By Steven Moore

 

Jim McCrumb always told the same stories to every new batch of student employees. Jim had been a manager at the university bookstore for a long time. He spoke gently. He smiled. He had gray hair. He liked surrealism…
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Fight Like a Writer

Julie Patterson interviews
Chelsey Clammer

 

Nonfiction co-editor Julie Patterson recently had this exchange with Issue #46 featured nonfiction writer Chelsey Clammer. Here’s what Chelsey had to say about drawing on intimate life experience for writing, her self-description as a “sound nerd,” her approach to editing, and more… 
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Nonfiction Issue #46

The Shape of a Day

By Chelsey Clammer

 

Courtney and I slept together a few nights ago, but not like that. Girlfriends at sixteen, we were each other’s first love. Now, almost twenty years later, that’s not us, but I’ve been staying in the five-bedroom house Courtney shared with her mom…
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Drawing Out the Core

Julie Patterson interviews
Storey Clayton

 

Nonfiction co-editor Julie Patterson recently had this exchange with Issue #45 featured nonfiction writer Storey Clayton. Here’s what Storey had to say about the balance between the universal and the personal in creative nonfiction, the art of revision, his literary influences, and more… 
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NONFICTION ISSUE #45

Unbecoming Doogie

By Storey Clayton

 

In retrospect, it seems likely that the school district administrators were bluffing when they recommended that I skip four grades. Oregon District 10 Superintendent Harold Riggan put the offer to my parents: “Storey is testing at an eighth-grade level…
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An Honest Reckoning

Julie Patterson interviews
Bill Marsh

 

Nonfiction co-editor Julie Patterson recently had this exchange with Issue #44 featured nonfiction writer Bill Marsh. Here’s what Bill had to say about processing memory through writing, his experience as a teacher, the overlap between the writing process and beekeeping, and more… 
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NONFICTION ISSUE #44

No Baby, An Apology

By Bill Marsh

 

I dream sometimes about babies. I know these are babies I’m dreaming about because afterwards, when I stir awake with some semblance of recognition, I feel a hazy sense of having dwelled for a moment in fuzzy warmth, a zone of charmed interaction….
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Writing My Emotional Truth

Julie Patterson interviews
Lauren Mauldin

 

Nonfiction co-editor Julie Patterson recently had this exchange with Issue #43 featured nonfiction writer Lauren Mauldin. Here’s what Lauren had to say about writing through loss and addiction, her experience as an MFA student, how maintaining a blog helped find her voice, and more… 
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NONFICTION ISSUE #43

Keto Crash

By Lauren Mauldin

 

Last week, I dreamt I was eating a bagel. Not a New York bagel, the outside crisp and sprinkled with poppy seeds, toasted flakes of onion and tiny, square cubes of salt. No, the dense, bready pre-sliced kind you buy in plastic bags…
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There’s Always More to the Story

Julie Patterson interviews
Alexia Kemerling

 

Nonfiction co-editor Julie Patterson recently had this exchange with Issue #42 nonfiction author Alexia Kemerling. Here’s what Alexia had to say about interviewing story subjects, the similarities between writing and photography, what’s she’s working on next, and more… 
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NONFICTION ISSUE #42

In Memoriam of Rust

By Alexia Kemerling

 

“I just have regular old fashioned music on the radio,” Mike says. “I hope that’s okay.” He adjusts the volume knob and the bass line of “Under Pressure” fills the van…
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NONFICTION ISSUE #41

A Country May: 14 Days

By Chila Woychik
 
 

1. From the brash and loud, we seek the soft Midwest melody. This is less provincialism, more self-preservation. Years in the city left us numb and sightless; now, every new day brings startle and flux and a cold slap of air where we need it most…
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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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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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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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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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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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