Issue #45, Summer 2012

True Crime

Who needs air conditioning? Creative Nonfiction's long-awaited true crime issue, CNF #45, brings a welcome chill to the summer season. Wrapped in a noir-inspired cover are true stories of unsolved murders, grave-robbing, identity theft, abduction, addiction, and more.

This issue also features an Encounter with Erik Larson, as well as columns on our long-standing fascination with true crime; sex worker memoirs; the ethics of writing about violence; legal help for writers; and side gigs for the nonfiction 99%.


From the issue:

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR Lee Gutkind ... read more
Our Long-standing Obsession with True Crime Harold Schechter
ENCOUNTER: Erik Larson Donna Seaman ... read more
Origami & The Art of Identity Folding AC Fraser
Leviathan David McGlynn
Speaking of Ears and Savagery Steven Church
Grave Robber: A Love Story Joyce Marcel
The Addict Lacy M. Johnson
Legal Tools for Surviving a Rough Patch Lee Gutkind
PROFILE: Anita Fore Stephanie Susnjara ... read more
The Ethics of Writing About Violence: A Roundtable Discussion David Griffith
Sex Workers Bare All On the Page Shawna Kenney ... read more
Six Ways of Looking at a Car Crash Christopher Mohar
The Discovery of My Father's Gun Ester Bloom
Twitter Micro Essays
Side Gigs for the Nonfiction 99 Percent Rachel Friedman ... read more
ARTWORK Kathy Rooney ... read more


William Bradley

William Bradley lives in Canton, N.Y., where he teaches at St. Lawrence University. His work has appeared in magazines and journals,... read more

Steven Church

Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record; Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents; The Day After the... read more

Bob Cowser, Jr.

Bob Cowser, Jr. is the author of “Green Fields: Crime, Punishment and a Boyhood Between,” which won “Best Memoir 2010” from the Adirondack... read more

AC Fraser

AC Fraser is a writer and yoga instructor from Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work has appeared in The Incarcerated Inkwell, Contemporary... read more

Rachel Friedman

Rachel Friedman is the author of The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected... read more

David Griffith

David Griffith (moderator) is the author of “A Good War Is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America.” His work has appeared in IMAGE,... 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

Lacy M. Johnson

Lacy M. Johnson is the author of Trespasses: A Memoir (University of Iowa Press, 2012). She worked as a cashier at WalMart, sold steaks... read more

Shawna Kenney

Shawna Kenney is the author of the award-winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix which is being developed as a television series with the... read more

Joyce Marcel

Joyce Marcel has been an award-winning Vermont journalist for twenty-three years. This story is taken from an unpublished memoir, selected... read more

David McGlynn

David McGlynn's books include the memoir A Door in the Ocean and a story collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow, which won the... read more

Christopher Mohar

Christopher Mohar is the founding editor of Colony Collapse Press, a small publisher of contemporary prose, and has been the recipient of a... read more

Kathy Rooney

Kathy Rooney has been a Pittsburgh freelance illustrator since 2000. Her business took off when she was commissioned by the Pittsburgh... read more

Harold Schechter

Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature at Queens College, the City University of New York. Among his more than 30 published... read more

Donna Seaman

A senior editor for Booklist, Donna Seaman is a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. She created the anthology In Our... read more

Stephanie Susnjara

Stephanie Susnjara is a freelance writer living in Katonah, N.Y., and a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher... read more


"Fascinating complexities, artistic and moral, of true crime writing"

The Review Review

October 2012

In Creative Nonfiction, stories speak to essays, interviews to roundtable discussion, until a turn of the final page delivers a deeper... read more