Issue #49, Summer 2013

Survival Stories

Our summer issue is devoted to hair-raising stories of near misses. Writers reflect on narrow escapes from a plane crash, youthful recklessness, and a train barreling down on the station.

The rest of the issue is a writer's survival guide, with notes on making dialogue work, a love letter to literary letters, Roxane Gay on the dangers of disclosure, and a visual guide to the personal essay. Plus, we're stalking Philip Roth.



Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind ... read more
Picturing the Personal Essay: A Visual Guide Tim Bascom ... read more
The Saltwater Twin Maia Morgan
Why I Remembered What I Remembered Angie Chuang
The Hippest Bar on Christmas Chris Offutt
Man on the Tracks Erika Anderson ... read more
Locked Out Betsy Sharp
White-Space Memoirs: The Power of Artful Dodging Beth Kephart
The Spoken Word, Distilled: Notes on Philip Roth, Bernard Cooper, and crafting compelling dialogue Suzanne Hegland
Writers, Be Kind! Justin Moyer
Literary Letters: Correspondence as Art Anthony Aycock
The Danger of Disclosure Roxane Gay ... read more
No One Lives Here Genevieve Anna Tyrrell
Zuckerman Found Jon Reiner
ARTWORK Sam Pash ... read more


Erika Anderson

Erika Anderson is an editorial assistant at Guernica and teaches for the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared or... read more

Anthony Aycock

Anthony Aycock has written essays for The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, ONLINE, National Paralegal Reporter, and Community &... read more

Tim Bascom

Tim Bascom’s memoir Running to the Fire (University of Iowa Press, 2015) is about his missionary family leaving the town of Troy,... read more

Angie Chuang

Angie Chuang is the author of The Four Words for Home. She is an assistant professor of journalism at the American University School... read more

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay lives and writes in the Midwest. She is the author of several books including a collection of short stories Difficult Women... read more

Suzanne Hegland

Suzanne Hegland teaches writing at New England Conservatory, contributes to The Huffington Post, and coaxes high school students through... read more

Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of thirty books and dozens of essays, an award-winning adjunct at the University of Pennsylvania,... read more

Maia Morgan

Maia Morgan is a past winner of Glamour magazine’s Real-Life Story Essay Contest and finalist for Fourth Genre’s Steinberg... read more

Justin Moyer

Justin Moyer, an editorial aide in the Outlook section of The Washington Post, will graduate from Goucher College’s creative... read more

Sam Pash

Sam Pash is an Australian illustrator who currently lives in London. He uses both traditional and digital methods in his work but... read more

Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt grew up in Haldeman, Kentucky, a former mining town of two hundred people. He has published five books about people from the... read more

Jon Reiner

Jon Reiner is the author of the memoir The Man Who Couldn't Eat and a recipient of The James Beard Foundation Award for Magazine Feature... read more

Betsy Sharp

Betsy Sharp has worked as a social worker, teacher, artist, and off-grid homesteader. She lives on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. read more

Genevieve Anna Tyrrell

Genevieve Anna Tyrrell recently finished her MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Central Florida. Her thesis utilizes different... read more