Issue #60, Childhood

Summer 2016

This summer, we're taking a look through the rear-view mirror at childhood—and, in the process, examining how it shapes us into our adult selves. The writers featured in Creative Nonfiction #60 recount formative childhood experiences that leave indelible memories: stomping through a snowstorm to Sunday mass; discovering a dead body in the woods; touring beautiful homes they’ll never live in; or trying, desperately, to dance their way to junior high popularity. Here we have kid-dom in all its messy glory: the good, the bad, and the biting truth.

Plus, fifteen contemporary nonfiction authors discuss the books that made them writers; how to write about your kids without messing them up (too much); the link between addiction memoirs and coming-of-age stories; Tiny Truths; and more.

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Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind ... read more
Before We're Writers, We're Readers Randon Billings Noble ... read more
I Survived the Blizzard of '79 Beth Ann Fennelly ... read more
The Walk Home Judith Barrington
The Red Caboose Brian Broome ... read more
Sunday Drive Kristi Murray Costello
We Wanted Everything Kyla Buckingham
Dangerous [Language] Sara Hendery
Writing Motherhood Marcelle Soviero ... read more
How to Write About Your Kids Without Messing Them Up Joe Oestreich
Addiction Memoir, or Coming-of-Age Story? Kenneth R. Rosen
[See: n, Below] Carrie Barker
Tiny Truths


Carrie Barker

Carrie Barker's nonfiction has been named winner and runner-up of two Norton Writer's Prizes and has appeared in publications such... read more

Judith Barrington

Judith Barrington’s Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the 2001 Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand... read more

Randon Billings Noble

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019, and... read more

Brian Broome

Brian Broome is an English and creative writing major at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Find him at read more

Kyla Buckingham

Kyla Buckingham lives in New York City and works on open access journals at John Wiley & Sons. Previously, she was a developmental... read more

Brendan M. Collins

Brendan M. Collins is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he studied English with a concentration in... read more

Kristi Murray Costello

Kristi Murray Costello is an assistant professor of writing studies and the director of the Writing Program and Writing Center at Arkansas... read more

Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Mississippi. Fennelly has published three... read more

Sara Hendery

Sara Hendery is from North Carolina but currently resides in Chicago. She is an assistant editor for Hotel Amerika literary magazine and is... read more

Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life. She also co-authored Tell It Slant:... read more

Joe Oestreich

Joe Oestreich is the author of two books of creative nonfiction: Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll and Lines... read more

Kenneth R. Rosen

Kenneth R. Rosen works and writes for the New York Times. Find him at and on Twitter @kenneth_rosen.  read more

Marcelle Soviero

Marcelle Soviero is the owner and editor of Brain, Child magazine. Her essays have appeared in numerous places including Salon,... read more

Julie Marie Wade

Julie Marie Wade is the author of nine collections of poetry and prose, most recently Same-Sexy Marriage: A Novella in Poems. She... 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