Issue #16, 2001

The Line Between Fact and Fiction

The essays featured in this issue of Creative Nonfiction, "The Line Between Fact and Fiction," explore the methods in which nonfiction writers utilize the fiction writer's toolbox without crossing the blurry divide between reality and imagination. As journalist Roy Peter Clark writes in the titular essay, "Subjectivity and selectivity are necessary and inevitable in journalism.  If you gather 10 facts but wind up using nine, subjectivity sets in.” 

Also in Creative Nonfiction #16: Debra Gwartney hunts for her runaway teenage daughter; Jesse L. Traschen transforms from professional dancer to businessman; Dov Siporinand navigates the psychological perils of slaughterhouse work with; Nobel Laureate Czeslaw Milosz discusses inaccuracy, prejedices and truth; and Barbara Lounsberry interviews Gay Talese.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR: Creative Nonfiction: The Driving Force Lee Gutkind ... read more
The Line Between Fact and Fiction Roy Peter Clark ... read more
Milosz's ABCs Czeslaw Milosz
Tenderloin: A Memoir Debra Gwartney
Roger's Brew Corinne Platt
Two Mississippi David Goldblatt
Dream of a Four-Chambered Heart Jennifer White
The Hickeys on Sally Palermo's Neck: Some Thoughts on Beauty and the Creative Life Andrea Hollander Budy
From Tights to Ties Jesse L. Traschen
The Day After That Tzivia Gover
Looking for Mr. Clean: An All-Purpose Memoir Tracy Ekstrand
Finding Home Dov Siporin
Gay Talese and the Fine Art of Hanging Out Barbara Lounsberry ... read more
COVER TO COVER: Reviews of New Books


Joe Bonomo

Joe Bonomo’s This Must Be Where My Obsession With Infinity Began (essays) will be published by Orphan Press in March. His books... read more

D. Mercer Bufter

D. Mercer Bufter studies creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University. His work has appeared in the Oakland Review, and he is the... read more

Roy Peter Clark

Roy Peter Clark has taught writing at the Poynter Institute, a school for journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida, for more than 30 years.... read more

Tracy Ekstrand

Tracy Ekstrand is associate editor of Creative Nonfiction and assistant director of the annual Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Summer... read more

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt, M.D., is Professor Emeritus of Neurology and the Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and... read more

Tzivia Gover

Tzivia Gover is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Poets & Writers Magazine, the Advocate and the... read more

Debra Gwartney

Debra Gwartney is the mother of four daughters. Her writing has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and her memoir pieces have been... read more

Andrea Hollander Budy

Andrea Hollander Budy's collection of poems, "House Without a Dreamer" (Story Line Press, 1993), won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her... read more

Madeline G. Levine

Madeline G. Levine, Kenan Professor of Slavic Literatures at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has translated two earlier... read more

Barbara Lounsberry

Barbara Lounsberry's books include "The Art of Fact: Contemporary Artists of Nonfiction" (1992), "The Writer in You... read more

Patrick Madden

Patrick Madden is a professor of English at Brigham Young University. He is the author of two essay collections, Quotidiana and Sublime... read more

Czeslaw Milosz

Czeslaw Milosz is the winner of the 1978 Neustadt International Prize in Literature and the 1980 Nobel Prize in literature. Since 1962 he... read more

Corinne Platt

Corinne Platt received her master of fine arts degree in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. She co-authored Voices of the... read more

Dov Siporin

Dov Siporin received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah. He works and writes in Salt Lake City. read more

Jesse L. Traschen

Jesse Traschen graduated from Yale University in 1982. He performed with the Connecticut Ballet, the Garden State Ballet and numerous... read more

Jennifer White

Jennifer White received her bachelor's degree in English from the Univ. of New Hampshire and a master of fine arts degree in poetry from... read more