Issue #50, Fall 13/Winter 14

CNF Gold

Our 50th issue is a big deal--and that's not just hype. CNF #50 spans two seasons (Fall and Winter!) and is nearly double the length of a normal issue of Creative Nonfiction.

To celebrate almost 20 years of literary publishing, we've created the ultimate reading experience. This issue serves as an in-depth primer and a kickass introduction for anyone new to the magazine (or the genre), while providing longtime readers with new insight and never-before-told stories about the origins of Creative Nonfiction--and a peek into the future--from founding editor Lee Gutkind.

PLUS: We're bringing out some of our greatest hits. The issue features ten remarkable true stories from our first 50 issues, with new introductions from CNF editors past and present.

It's Creative Nonfiction gold!

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Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind ... read more
“How Many Times Did You Almost Go out of Business with This Thing?” Michael Rosenwald
The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting Lee Gutkind
The Necessity of Poetry Charles Simic
Three Spheres Lauren Slater
Love Letters Megan Foss
Ramalamadingdong Elena Passarello
Notes from a Difficult Case Ruthann Robson
Hector and the Beauty Queens Sam Quinones
Then You'll Be Straight Margaret Price
Eight Questions You Would Ask Me If I Told You My Name Ayşe Papatya Bucak
The Intimacy of Forks Liesl Schwabe
The Square Root of True "Fred" ... read more



“Fred” is a collective of regular #cnftweet contributors. Members include: Stephanie Austin (@lucysky) Chelsea... read more

Ayşe Papatya Bucak

Ayşe Papatya Bucak teaches in the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University. Her prose has appeared in a variety of journals including... read more

Megan Foss

Megan Foss earned her MA at Western Washington University. 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

Mary Paumier Jones

Mary Paumier Jones coedited two anthologies wtih Judith Kitchen: In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction and In Brief: Short... read more

Elena Passarello

When "Ramalamadingdong" was first published, Elena Passarello told Creative Nonfiction that her favorite lyricists were... read more

Margaret Price

Margaret Price is an associate professor of writing at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Her book Mad at School: Rhetorics of... read more

Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones is a journalist and author of two books of narrative nonfiction about Mexico and Mexican immigration. He is at work on his... read more

Ruthann Robson

Ruthann Robson, a professor of law and University Distinguished Professor at City University of New York, writes legal scholarship and... read more

Michael Rosenwald

Michael Rosenwald is a staff writer at The Washington Post. His work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Smithsonian, ... read more

Liesl Schwabe

Liesl Schwabe's essays have been published in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, AGNI, Post Road, The Writer's... read more

Charles Simic

Charles Simic is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 and was the... read more

Lauren Slater

Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer. Her books include Welcome to My Country, Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir, and ... read more