Issue #1, 1994


This—the very first issue of Creative Nonfiction—serves as a keystone to introduce readers to the scope of the publication and the genre.

The issue features CNF editor and founder, Lee Gutkind, defining, for the first time, the meaning of the “Creative Nonfiction” name; essays about the violent dramas of the West African roadways, the phenomenon of the meander, life in the tundra, and more; as well as a profile of New Yorker writer John McPhee.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR: What's in this Name - And What's Not? Lee Gutkind ... read more
Bush Taxi Commandos Peter Chilson
If and When Mimi Schwartz
Sea Urchins Richard Goodman
Consanguinity Jill Carpenter
How Tununak Came to Me Carolyn Kremers
Time and Again Christopher Buckley
Pilgrims Philip Garrison
Nonfiction in First Person, Without Apology Natalia Rachel Singer
PROFILE Twenty Questions: A Conversation with John McPhee Michael Pearson


Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley is the author of fourteen books of poetry and editor of several anthologies. He has published two books of creative... read more

Jill Carpenter

Jill Carpenter, a biologist and journalist, is the author of "Senses and Sensibilities" (John Wiley & Sons) and has edited a collection... read more

Peter Chilson

Peter Chilson graduated from Syracuse University in 1984. He served with the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987 as an English teacher in Niger,... read more

Philip Garrison

Philip Garrison teaches courses in American literature, critical theory and Spanish at Central Washington University. Augury, his... read more

Richard Goodman

Richard Goodman is married, lives in New York City, and teaches at a private school there. He graduated from University of Michigan in 1967... read more

Carolyn Kremers

Carolyn Kremers is currently an assistant professor at Kuskokwim campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, which is located in Bethel... read more

Mary Paumier Jones

Mary Paumier Jones coedited two anthologies wtih Judith Kitchen: In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction and In Brief: Short... read more

Michael Pearson

Michael Pearson is the director of creative writing at Old Dominion University. He is the author of "Imagined Places: Journeys Into... read more

Natalia Rachel Singer

Natalia Rachel Singer is the Craig Professor of English at St. Lawrence University, where she was hired in 1990 to design and teach courses... read more

Mimi Schwartz

Mimi Schwartz’s books include Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed and Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father’s German... read more