Issue #57, Making a Living

Fall 2015

Our fall issue, Creative Nonfiction #57, explores making a living—that means jobs, yes, but more than that: how do we work meaning out of our days, and what do we do to survive? For the young office temp, the state executioner, the musician, the activist, the refugee worker, the rape crisis counselor, and the estate planning attorney whose stories are featured in this issue, it's not just about the money.

Plus, writing (and editing) for free; revisiting Studs Terkel's Working; the history of erotic memoir; tiny truths; and more.

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Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind ... read more
A Real-World Education Ned Stuckey-French ... read more
The Price of Writing Jennifer Niesslein ... read more
No Exit Karen Gentry
Agents of Death Anne Brannen
Vivaldi Kevin Haworth
We Were Greeted as Liberators Kristina Marusic
Hiking the Grand Tetons, Milking a Cow by Hand Kathy Roberts
The White Bird Heather Alexander
Unleaving Beth Tillman
Literate Passion Samm Deighan
Tiny Truths


Heather Alexander

Heather Alexander is a refugee lawyer previously with the United Nations. read more

Anne Brannen

Anne Brannen, a former professor of medieval literature, now teaches privately online. Her poetry has appeared in such venues as Cabinet... read more

Samm Deighan

Samm Deighan is a Philadelphia-based writer. She maintains a film blog, Satanic Pandemonium, and is currently writing a book about World... read more

Karen Gentry

Karen Gentry lives in Madison, Georgia. Her work has appeared in Bayou, PANK, New Orleans Review, and American Short Fiction. This fall,... read more

Kevin Haworth

Kevin Haworth is the author of two books, Famous Drownings in Literary History and The Discontinuity of Small Things, and co-editor of Lit... read more

Kristina Marusic

Kristina Marusic works as a writer for MTV News’s social justice vertical, “Issues,” covering topics including the Black... read more

Jennifer Niesslein

Jennifer Niesslein is the editor and founder of Full Grown People, editor of two FGP anthologies, and author of one memoir. She’s... read more

Ned Stuckey-French

Ned Stuckey-French is an Associate Professor and Director of the FSU Certificate Program in Publishing and Editing and is the book review... read more

Beth Tillman

Beth Tillman lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She has practiced estate planning and probate law for twenty years. This is her first... read more

Nicole R. Zimmerman

Nicole R. Zimmerman holds an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco. Her essays and reportage have appeared in anthologies and... read more


Matthew Caprioli

November 21, 2020


Is a digital copy of this available? I see on JSTOR issues prior to 2015 are not available online.

Thank you!


November 23, 2020

Hi Matt, We don't currently sell digital issues ourselves, but you should be able to find a digital copy of the issue on Zinio, here. Please let us know if you have any questions!