Issue #52, Summer 2014

Telling Stories that Matter

Creative Nonfiction #52 explores the uses of storytelling--our oldest and perhaps most effective art form--in non-literary fields such as law and medicine. A special essays section features collaborations between writers and science policy scholars who teamed up to tell stories about topics including a curatorial crisis at the Smithsonian; a pediatric geneticist's decision to share potentially life-changing information with one of his patients; and one legislative aide's quest to save the Chesapeake Bay from the dietary supplement industry.

Plus, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink reflects on the years of careful reporting behind her bestseller, Five Days at Memorial, and we look at the explosion in live storytelling series.

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Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind ... read more
"I Teach People How to Listen" Sayantani DasGupta ... read more
Writing for Life Leslie Jill Patterson
Encounter: Sheri Fink Lee Gutkind & Dan Sarewitz
Thinking, Writing, Publishing Lee Gutkind ... read more
Collective Forgetting Allison Marsh with Lizzie Wade
What Fish Oil Pills are Hiding David Schleifer & Alison Fairbrother
A Doctor's Dilemma Joon-Ho Yu & Maria Delaney
Losing, Yet Winning, in Life's Genetic Lottery Jill Sisson Quinn & Ramya Rajagopalan
For the Love of Yeast Niki Vermeulen & Molly Bain
Tell Me a Story: Is This a Golden Age of Live Storytelling? Paula Carter
What was my First Line Again? Graham Shelby ... read more
Don't Borrow Trouble Alyssa Grace Sorresso


Sayantani DasGupta

Sayantani DasGupta, MD, MPH, teaches in the Master's Program in Narrative Medicine and co-chairs a University Seminar–Narrative,... read more

Joon-Ho Yu & Maria Delaney

Joon-Ho Yu is a bioethicist and social scientist. His work focuses on translational genomics, minority participation in research, and the... read more

David Schleifer & Alison Fairbrother

David Schleifer researches and writes about healthcare, food, technology and education. His work has been published in venues including... read more

Niki Vermeulen & Molly Bain

Molly Bain is a writer, teacher, and performer. She has taught everything from fourth grade to theater fundamentals to workshops on... read more

Jill Sisson Quinn & Ramya Rajagopalan

Jill Sisson Quinn is the author of Deranged: Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan and has received a John... read more

Lee Gutkind & Dan Sarewitz

Lee Gutkind, the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at CSPO and Professor in the Hugh Downs... read more

Graham Shelby

Graham Shelby is a writer and professional storyteller in Louisville, Kentucky. He produced a one-man show in 2017 titled The Man on... read more

Allison Marsh with Lizzie Wade

Allison Marsh is an assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina, where she oversees the museums and material culture... read more