Issue #42, Summer 2011


Creative Nonfiction's summer issue is packed with prize-winning work: winning essays from CNF and Salt's "The Night" contest, CNF's MFA Program-Off and the Norman Mailer College Writing contest.

Plus, Phillip Lopate and Lee Gutkind grapple with the implications of facts; Pulitzer Prize-winner Ira Berkow finds inspiration in the art world; Paul West enters the mind of Nazi turncoat Hermann Fegelein in a new Pushing the Boundaries selection; Susan Orlean talks about teaching young writers; and more.


From the issue:

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR Lee Gutkind ... read more
The 17th century's most famous diarist finds new life on Twitter Lisa Schamess ... read more
ENCOUNTER: Susan Orlean
for(e)closure S. J. Dunning
My Night with Ellen Hutchinson Bud Shaw
Extinction J. D. Lewis
Suffering Self Minh Phuong Nguyen
The Skeleton Woman Casey Clabough
Fact-Checking: the devil's in the details Lee Gutkind
Nonfiction may be a construct, but does that make it fiction? Phillip Lopate
A Different Kind of Truth Gabriel Scala
Art and the sportswriter Ira Berkow
Herman Fegelein: Getting Out of Dodge Paul West
What We're Hungry For Sugar ... read more
Twitter Micro-essays
File Not Found Rebecca Butorac
ARTWORK Seth Clark


Ira Berkow

Ira Berkow has been a sports columnist and feature writer for The New York Times for 26 years. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for his feature... read more

Rebecca Butorac

Rebecca Butorac is a bibliophile who manages construction projects and performs odd jobs in Athens County, Ohio, to feed her book habit.... read more

Casey Clabough

Casey Clabough is the author of the travel memoir The Warrior's Path: Reflections Along an Ancient Route as well as four scholarly... read more

Seth Clark

Seth Clark earned his BFA in Graphic Design, focusing primarily in print design and alternative typography, at the Rhode Island School of... read more

S. J. Dunning

S. J. Dunning was born and raised in Ellensburg, Wash. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Idaho, where she is drafting... read more

J. D. Lewis

J. D. Lewis' essays have appeared in Hunger Mountain and Memoir (and). She holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and is... 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

Minh Phuong Nguyen

Minh Phuong Nguyen holds undergraduate degrees in English and Nutritional Sciences and is a current MA candidate in creative nonfiction... read more

Gabriel Scala

Gabriel Scala is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Leaping from the Bottom Step (1997) and Twenty Questions for Robbie Dunkle (2004). She... read more

Lisa Schamess

Lisa Schamess lives in Washington, D.C. Her essays and fiction have appeared in Defunct, Antietam Review and Glimmer Train, among other... read more

Bud Shaw

Bud Shaw has been a leading surgeon in the field of liver transplantation during much of the past three decades and served as chairman of... read more


Sugar is a pseudonymous advice columnist for The Rumpus, an online literary and culture magazine. She likes to tell readers she lives in a... read more

Paul West

Paul West was educated at Oxford and Columbia and has taught at many universities, including Cornell, Brown and the University of Arizona.... read more