Issue #56, Waiting

Summer 2015

Our summer issue is all about waiting. Writers explore the boundaries of their patience as they wait for a missing family member’s return, for sleep to come, for doctors, planes, or the next good wave.

Plus, we consider the murky origins of the term “creative nonfiction”; the art of immersion reporting; books that took lifetimes to write; and more.


Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind ... read more
The Story Behind "Creative Nonfiction" Dinty W. Moore ... read more
Waiting (and Wading) Through Story Maggie Messitt
Burmese Years Sangamithra Iyer
Wait Times Joe Fassler
Any Given Day Judith Kitchen
Lost and Found Josephine A. Fitzpatrick
Sleepless in Any City Janine Zeitlin ... read more
Until My Number Is Up Sue William Silverman
End over End Mylène Dressler
Good Grief ... Books Rachel Beanland
An Honest Application Nathan Elliott
Not-So-Famous Last Words Bridey Heing


Rachel Beanland

Rachel Beanland writes essays and fiction and is the author of the novel Florence Adler Swims Forever, which was recently released by Simon... read more

Mylène Dressler

Mylène Dressler is the author of the novels The Deadwood Beetle and The Floodmakers, among other books, and her essays have... read more

Nathan Elliott

Nathan Elliott grew up in the mountains of north Idaho, was educated in the suburbs of Chicago, and then took an academic job in the Deep... read more

Joe Fassler

Joe Fassler conducted this interview for CNF. His work appears in venues like The Boston Review, Electric Literature’s “... read more

Josephine A. Fitzpatrick

Josephine Fitzpatrick is a retired attorney who lives in Southern California. She has taken writing classes at University of California--... read more

Bridey Heing

Bridey Heing is a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. read more

Sangamithra Iyer

Sangamithra Iyer is the author of The Lines We Draw (Hen Press 2014). Her writing has been published by n+1, Hippocampus, Waging... read more

Judith Kitchen

Judith Kitchen was the author of five collections of essays, including the novella-length The Circus Train (2014), and the winner of two... read more

Maggie Messitt

Maggie Messitt has spent the last decade reporting from inside underserved communities in southern Africa and middle America. Author of The... read more

Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore is author of the memoir Between Panic & Desire and many other books. He has published essays and stories in the Southern... read more

Sue William Silverman

Sue William Silverman’s new memoir, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew, is a finalist in Foreword Reviews... read more

Janine Zeitlin

Janine Zeitlin is an award-winning journalist living in South Florida. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Village Voice Media, and NY... read more