Issue #46, Fall 2012


Oi, mates—CNF's gone Down Under, and what a world we've discovered! The new essays in this special "Australia" issue cover everything from "bikkies" to bora rings, floods to fires, and Captain Cook to Coober Pedy.

Plus, Geraldine Brooks talks about how her correspondent years inform her fiction; Robert Dessaix praises the pleasures of gossip; guest editor Leah Kaminsky compares creative nonfiction to general medical practice; a survey of Australia's contemporary literary landscape; and more.

* This issue was made possible with special support from Peter Bishop at The Writer Conversation and Deborah Leiser-Moore at Tashmadada.

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Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR #46 Lee Gutkind ... read more
Letters to an Unknown Friend Robert Dessaix
ENCOUNTER: Robert Dessaix ... read more
ENCOUNTER: Geraldine Brooks
Discovery Rachel Friedman
Nation of Grief Stephen Wright
Battling Collective Amnesia Madelaine Dickie
Arms of the Earth Rosemary Jones
After the Flood on Harte Street Kirsten Fogg
Strong Loyalties James Guida ... read more
Writing an Obituary in a Hot Climate Susan Bradley Smith
Over the Moon: Our Waning Love Affair with Science Robyn Williams
WRITER AT WORK Leah Kaminsky ... read more
Surveying the Australian Literary Landscape Lee Kofman ... read more
This Morn Sarah Drummond ... read more
Twitter Micro-essays
...And "kangaroo" is not one of them


Robert Dessaix

Robert Dessaix is a writer, translator, broadcaster, and occasional essayist. His books include A Mother's Disgrace (1994), Night... read more

Madelaine Dickie

Madelaine Dickie currently lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. She has an award from the Australian government to finish her first novel, and she'... read more

Sarah Drummond

Sarah Drummond works on a small fishing boat in the southwestern corner of Australia. She also writes, rides bicycles, and is completing a... read more

Kirsten Fogg

Kirsten Fogg is a Canadian journalist and essayist. Her articles have been published in The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Times, The... 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

James Guida

James Guida grew up in Australia and currently lives in the U.S. He is the author of Marbles, a book of aphorisms released by Turtle Point... read more

Rosemary Jones

Rosemary Jones is an Australian whose work has appeared in literary journals such as Denver Quarterly, The Sonora Review, and Gargoyle and... read more

Leah Kaminsky

Leah Kaminsky's debut novel, The Waiting Room, won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize. Other books include, We're All... read more

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman is an Israeli-Australian author of three fiction books (in Hebrew). Her short works in English have been widely published in... read more

Camille Serisier

Camille Serisier, whose work is featured in issue #46, is an Australian artist currently living in Brisbane. Her work investigates the... read more

Susan Bradley Smith

Susan Bradley Smith began her writing career as a journalist in Sydney and London. Recent publications include the memoir Friday Forever... read more

Robyn Williams

Robyn Williams is a science journalist and the presenter of numerous radio shows, including The Science Show and Ockham's Razor. The... read more

Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright lives in northern New South Wales on land once exclusively occupied by the Widjyabal people. His house overlooks the... read more