Issue #66, Dangerous Creations

Spring 2018

Creative Nonfiction #66: "Dangerous Creations" is devoted to real-life Frankenstein stories about the intersections of technological innovation and the human condition. Writers consider prenatal surgeries, lifesaving medical interventions, and the limitations of science and medicine, wondering what it means, in the modern era, to be a monster.

Plus, Heather Sellers on writing through dark places; how technology is changing the way we think; Jenny Boully on beginnings and endings; tiny truths; and more. 


Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind
What's This Doing to Our Brains? Jennifer R. Hubbard
How the Light Gets In Susan Bruns Rowe
Mystic Trinities Kelly Hedglin Bowen
Monsters Margaret Wardlaw
Prometheus Unbound Elizabeth Fortescue
Thumpity-Thump Paulette Kamenecka
Piecing It Together Pat Falk
Makeup of a Monster Jamie Zvirzdin
Dancing between Distance and Intimacy Laura Laing
Hello, Goodbye Jenny Boully
rickslist Karin Killian


Jenny Boully

Jenny Boully is the author of The Body, The Book of Beginnings and Endings, not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them... read more

Kelly Hedglin Bowen

Kelly Hedglin Bowen is a writer, activist, and sailing instructor. She teaches creative writing from her floating classroom on Lake... read more

Pat Falk

Pat Falk is professor emeritus at SUNY Nassau and the author of five books of poetry and prose, including Crazy Jane: Poems and It Happens... read more

Elizabeth Fortescue

Elizabeth Fortescue originally hails from Seattle, Washington. She has degrees from Harvard in English Literature, Medicine, and Public... 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

Jennifer R. Hubbard

Jennifer R. Hubbard is the author of four books, including Try Not to Breathe and Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion. She... read more

Paulette Kamenecka

Paulette Kamenecka writes about health and the mysteries that persist about the human body. This essay is related to her book-length... read more

Karin Killian

Karin Killian is a writer and translator from Northern Minnesota. Her work has been supported by the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship... read more

Laura Laing

Laura Laing has been a freelance journalist and essayist for more than fifteen years. She is a student in Goucher College’s MFA... 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

Susan Bruns Rowe

Susan Bruns Rowe writes and teaches in Boise, Idaho. Her writing has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, the Brevity blog, Penny, and the... read more

Margaret Wardlaw

Margaret Wardlaw (MD, PhD) is a pediatrician. Her writing has appeared in US Catholic, The American Journal of Bioethics, and Feminist... read more

Jamie Zvirzdin

Jamie Zvirzdin teaches in the Master of Arts in Science Writing program at Johns Hopkins University and is the editor of the anthology... read more