Issue #67, Starting Over

Summer 2018

Creative Nonfiction #67, “Starting Over,” is dedicated to the proposition that we are all—always—works in progress. In nine new essays, writers come to terms with fate, test the limits of resilience, flirt with disaster, fall down, and get back up again … like it or not.

Plus, encouraging vulnerability in the creative writing classroom; Patricia Hampl explores the “essay mind”; coming to terms with chronic illness; tiny truths; and more.


Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind
Completely Naked Jill Christman ... read more
"A Luminous Amazement at Existence" Heidi McKinley
The Queen Signal Kimberly Garza
The Littlest Wren Emily Polk
The Flaming Hair of Fate Philip Metres
In the Midst of Winter Geoffrey Melada
The Dark Month Christopher Collins
Relevé: To Rise Victoria Sottosanti
The Hotel Cadiz Suzanne Roberts
No One's a Virgin Wendy Rawlings
When I Say Goodbye Stacie Lewton Rice
The Wildebeest, or Everything and Nothing: The History of Pain Amy Schroeder


Jill Christman

Jill Christman is the author of two memoirs, Darkroom: A Family Exposure (winner of the AWP Prize for Creative Nonfiction) and Borrowed... read more

Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins is a husband, father, former military officer, and twelve-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. He received his PhD in... read more

Kimberly Garza

Kimberly Garza's fiction has been published in TriQuarterly, Huizache, Puerto del Sol, Bennington Review, CutBank, and elsewhere.... 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

Geoffrey Melada

Geoffrey W. Melada, a former prosecutor, earned his MA in 2014 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives and... read more

Heidi McKinley

Heidi McKinley is an MFA nonfiction candidate at the University of New Orleans. She won the 2017 Samuel Mockbee Award for nonfiction... read more

Philip Metres

Philip Metres is the author of nine books, including Sand Opera (2015) and The Sound of Listening: The Poetry of Refuge and Resistance... read more

Emily Polk

Emily Polk lives and writes on a small island east of San Francisco, and she teaches writing at Stanford University. Her writing and radio... read more

Wendy Rawlings

Wendy Rawlings is the author of a novel, The Agnostics, and a collection of short stories, Come Back Irish. Her work has appeared recently... read more

Stacie Lewton Rice

Stacie Lewton Rice taught writing and literature at Boise State University for twenty years before leaving to work as a freelance... read more

Suzanne Roberts

Suzanne Roberts is the author of the memoir Almost Somewhere (Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award), as well as four collections of... read more

Amy Schroeder

Amy Newlove Schroeder's book of poems, The Sleep Hotel (Oberlin College Press), received the Field Prize. Her second collection,... read more

Victoria Sottosanti

Victoria Sottosanti is a writing mentor and ballet instructor. She holds her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of New... read more