Issue #22, 2004

Creative Nonfiction in the Crosshairs

This issue responds to the recent barrage of criticism from journalists and critics of the genre.

In her essay "Zane Grey on a Carousel in Indian Territory," Diana Hume George exposes long-standing stereotypes of Native American men as sexual predators, inspired by a hackneyed Hallmark made-for-TV Easter special. In "Hoop Sex," novelist Theodore Weesner, author of Car Thief and other highly praised fiction, explores the inherent sexuality in recreational sports, specifically basketball.

Over the years Creative Nonfiction has introduced readers to many exciting new writers, including Lauren Slater and Mark Bowden. In this issue, we're proud to feature an essay by Erin O'Neill White, a creative-writing instructor and M.F.A. candidate at the University of Massachusetts. Her "East Wind" deftly fuses memoir and travelogue in a lyrical reflection on foreign landscapes, both physical and familial. And finally, in the spirit of creative nonfiction, two of our contributors give behind-the-scenes, first-person accounts of two very different worlds: police work and literature-textbook publishing. Laurie Lynn Drummond tells funny, often frightening stories about her days as a police officer in Baton Rouge, La. "Girl, Fighting" is an excerpt from her unpublished collection, "Losing My Gun." Her new book, "Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You," was just published by HarperCollins. Sallie Tisdale, author of the best-selling "Talk Dirty to Me," discusses the complications of having work reprinted, reproduced, edited and degraded by inane "review questions" in introductory literature textbooks. These and four other authors lend their voices to the timely Creative Nonfiction controversy.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR Lee Gutkind ... read more
Creative Nonfiction in the Crosshairs Lee Gutkind
A Different Person Brenda Miller
Girl, Fighting Laurie Lynn Drummond
East Wind Erin O'Neill White
Zane Grey on a Carousel in Indian Territory Diana Hume George
On Being Text Sallie Tisdale
Hoop Sex Theodore Weesner
Roadkill Kate Krautkramer
Drowning by Numbers Erica Crowell
Innocents Abroad, 2002 Michael Pearson
COVER TO COVER: Reviews of New Books


Erica Crowell

Erica Crowell lives in Richmond, Calif., with her daughter and poodle. She is writing a brief biography of psychoanalyst Otto Will and a... read more

Laurie Lynn Drummond

Laurie Lynn Drummond is a former uniformed officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the author of the linked-story collection Anything You... read more

Diana Hume George

Diana Hume George is the author of The Lonely Other: A Woman Watching America, and author or editor of a number of other books of poetry,... read more

Kate Krautkramer

Kate Krautkramer's essays have appeared in The Seattle Review, The High Plains Literary Review, The North American Review and Fiction. Her... read more

Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life. She also co-authored Tell It Slant:... 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

Sallie Tisdale

Sallie Tisdale is the author of six books, most recently "The Best Thing I Ever Tasted: The Secret of Food" (Riverhead Books, 2000). read more

Theodore Weesner

Theodore Weesner is the author of six novels and a collection of stories. His shorter pieces have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire,... read more

Erin O'Neill White

Erin O'Neill White lives in Western Massachusetts. She is working on a novel. read more