Issue #44, Spring 2012


Creative Nonfiction #44 features a slew of true stories about navigating unfamiliar terrain: going out into Cairo in niqab; searching for a young man lost in the Grand Canyon; waiting for news about a possible nuclear accident in Ukraine; decoding an invitation in Vietnam; and committing (digital) atrocities in foreign lands. 

CNF #44 also explores the line between documentation and exploitation; the legacy of mid-century environmental writers; the small publishing landscape; and the quiet pleasures of quotidian nonfiction.


From the issue:

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR Lee Gutkind ... read more
50 Years After "Silent Spring" Adam Regn Arvidson
Navigating the line between documentation and exploitation B.J. Hollars ... read more
Blot Out Colleen Kinder
A Murderer's Work J. Nicholas Geist
Desperately Seeking Subtext Jane Bernstein
Accidents Will Happen Steven Boyd Saum
Doing a D'Agata Lee Gutkind
The quiet pleasures of quotidian nonfiction Patrick Madden ... read more
Contract Mieke Eerkens
Is Online Publishing Permanent Enough? Travis Kurowski
Twitter Micro-essays
My Submission is a Cry for Help Kirk Wisland ... read more
ARTWORK David Wallace ... read more


Adam Regn Arvidson

Adam Regn Arvidson is a landscape architect and writer whose design journalism is published regularly in national magazines. His personal... read more

Jane Bernstein

Jane Bernstein’s most recent books include the memoirs Bereft: A Sister’s Story and Rachel in the World. She is also an... read more

Nathaniel Brodie

Nathaniel Brodie lives in Corvallis, Ore. read more

Mieke Eerkens

Mieke Eerkens is a Dutch American writer, who grew up divided between the foothills of California and the canals of the Netherlands. She is... read more

J. Nicholas Geist

J. Nicholas Geist is an essayist, gamer, programmer, teacher and nascent typophile. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from... read more

Lee Gutkind

Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the founder and editor of Creative... read more

B.J. Hollars

B.J. Hollars is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the author of Thirteen Loops:... read more

Colleen Kinder

Colleen Kinder has written essays and articles for The New Republic, Salon, Ninth Letter, A Public Space, The New York Times Travel Section... read more

Travis Kurowski

Travis Kurowski is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at York College of Pennsylvania. His fiction and poetry have... 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

Steven Boyd Saum

Steven Boyd Saum directed the Fulbright program in Ukraine, where he also hosted a radio show and was arrested only once. His essays,... read more

David Wallace

David Wallace is a collage artist, graphic designer, and musician living in Pittsburgh, PA. His work has been shown in many cities in the U... read more

Kirk Wisland

Kirk Wisland received an MFA from the University of Arizona. He is currently a lecturer at University of Arizona, and his essay collection... read more


The Truth is in the Telling: Creative Nonfiction with Heart

The Review Review

July 2012

I love reading stories with a strong sense of place and I ran across it plenty of times throughout this issue. [...] It's obvious... read more