Issue #38, Summer 2010


Creative Nonfiction has become a magazine! Issue 38 reveals a new size and look, plus expanded content: new essays by Carolyn Forche, Bill McKibben, and others, columns by Phillip Lopate and Richard Rodriguez, a timeline of great (and not so great) moments in the genre's history, thoughts about the future of literary magazines from the outgoing editor of TriQuarterly, an armchair guide to stunt writing, David Shields' Required Reading, an encounter with Dave Eggers, and much more.

From the issue:

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR Lee Gutkind ... read more
1993-2010 Great (and not so great) moments in creative nonfiction
The loss of five minutes Richard Rodriguez
Is there a future for the literary magazine in America? Ian Morris
ENCOUNTER: Dave Eggers Jeff Gordinier
Just a Minute: Our Time on Earth Eric Hagerman
Passing On Bill McKibben
The Illusion of Immortality in a Physical Universe Lawrence M. Krauss
The Immortal Ones: Plants and Animals That Live Forever Virginia Morell ... read more
The Death and Life of Cell Culture Rebecca Skloot
The World Without Us: A Meditation Carolyn Forché
Teaching Death Todd May ... read more
Imagination in nonfiction Phillip Lopate
Required Reading David Shields ... read more
Study in Perfect Sarah Gorham
Flawless Memory
Twitter Micro-essays
Stunt Writing Hattie Fletcher ... read more
The Art of the Start ... read more


Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché is a poet, translator and editor of the groundbreaking anthology, "Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness... read more

Jeff Gordinier

Jeff Gordinier conducted this Q&A for CNF. He is the editor-at-large at Details and the author of X Saves the World. His work has... read more

Sarah Gorham

Sarah Gorham's essays have appeared in Iowa Review, Agni, Quarterly West, Real Simple, and Poets & Writers, among other places. She is... read more

Eric Hagerman

Eric Hagerman's writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, Budget Travel, The New York Times and Popular Science, where he is a contributing... read more

Lawrence M. Krauss

Lawrence M. Krauss, an internationally known theoretical physicist, is Foundation Professor  in the School of Earth and Space... read more

Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto teaches in the nonfiction writing program at the University of Iowa. read more

Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate's nonfiction books include essay collections (Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body); film criticism... read more

Todd May

Todd May is Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities at Clemson University. He is the author of 10 books of philosophy, including... read more

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books on science, environment and society, including "Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age,"... read more

Virginia Morell

Virginia Morell is the author of "Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings," a New York Times Notable... read more

Ian Morris

Ian Morris will be associate editor of TriQuarterly until April 2010, when the magazine publishes Issue 137, its last print edition. His... read more

Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez is the author of Hunger of Memory, Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father and Brown: The Last Discovery... read more

David Shields

David Shields is the author of 10 books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto; The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a... read more

Rebecca Skloot

Rebecca Skloot is an award winning science writer whose articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine;... read more


On Death, Dying, and the Relevance of Literary Magazines

The Review Review

This journal won’t change your mind about the poetry or fiction being published today (because it doesn’t publish either... read more

Creative Nonfiction begins life anew as a quarterly magazine

Pittsburgh City Paper

March 11, 2010

A periodical whose contributors have included Diane Ackerman, Mark Bowden, Tracy Kidder, Cynthia Ozick and George Plimpton is doing... read more

Creative Nonfiction's redesign, issue 38 of the new era

Essay Daily

April 18, 2010

Gone are the boring litmag conventions of old. Now here are some nice design decisions, excerpts from their Tiny Truths daily #cnftweet... read more

Digital May Be Goliath, but David is Out There (and that’s not Creative Nonfiction)

Mr. Magazine

May 9, 2010

In this day and age of “isolated connectivity” people are hungrier than ever to hear a good story, to share a good story and... read more

"The writing in this issue is quite spectacular"

New Pages

This evolution is not merely physical – from small format to large; from text-only pages to lots of varied design elements; from... read more