Issue #68, Risk

Fall 2018

Creative Nonfiction #68: “Risk” explores how we balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain. Writers recall the thrill and terror of going off the high-dive and skiing alone in avalanche country (which one really shouldn’t do). They impulsively invite famous chefs over for dinner, set off on poorly planned road trips, and weigh the advantages of medicating their children.

Plus, the role of litmags in the Trump era; how to “get naked” on the page; lessons from John McPhee; tiny truths; and more.


Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind
Politics in Prose Jennifer Niesslein
Wading through the Whitestream Jenn Scheck-Kahn
Mother Apothecary Susannah Williams
Faith Healing Kelly Beard
The Diving Well Sarah Kasbeer
Cooking for James dee Hobsbawn-Smith
You Don't Have to Be Here Anne P. Beatty
Bottomless Jefferson Slagle
The Getaway Car Jenine Holmes
Pyrotechnics: Blowing Up Your Life on the Page Allison K Williams
Sing It Loud Jenny O'Connell
Master Class Shannon Reed
The Guggenheim Fellowship Career (Non-)Narrative Essay Ira Sukrungruang


Tanushree Baidya

Tanushree Baidya is a graduate of the Yale Writers’ Workshop and a member of the (GrubStreet-supported) Boston Writers of Color group... read more

Kelly Beard

Kelly Beard practiced employment discrimination law in the Atlanta area for two decades before returning to college to study creative... read more

Anne P. Beatty

Anne P. Beatty’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, The American Scholar, North American Review, and elsewhere. She lives with her... read more

Jonathan Escoffery

Jonathan Escoffery is a Jamaican American writer from Miami. He has received awards and honors from Prairie Schooner, Passages North,... 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

dee Hobsbawn-Smith

dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s former life in the culinary world flavors some of her poetry, essays, and fiction. Her work has appeared in... read more

Jenine Holmes

Jenine Holmes is an essayist who writes about single parenthood on her blog, The Single Baby Mama. Her work has appeared in the New York... read more

Sarah Kasbeer

Sarah Kasbeer lives in New York. Her essays appear or are forthcoming in the Normal School, Elle, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her work has... read more

Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education. She is a member of the GrubStreet board of directors and an... 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

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

Jenny O'Connell

Jenny O’Connell’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Slice, Camas, Stonecoast Review, and Wanderlust. She is currently... read more

Shannon Reed

Shannon Reed is best known as a humorist for the New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her work has also appeared in Slate,... read more

Jenn Scheck-Kahn

Jenn Scheck-Kahn is a writer, instructor, and the founder of Journal of the Month, a subscription service that delivers an assortment of... read more

Jefferson Slagle

Jefferson Slagle is an Oregon native exiled to a small college town on the Idaho side of the Tetons. When he’s not writing or... read more

Ira Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of three nonfiction books: Buddha’s Dog & Other Meditations, Southside Buddhist, and Talk Thai:... 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

Allison K Williams

Allison K Williams serves as the social media editor for Brevity and hosts the Brevity Podcast. Her work has appeared in Christian Science... read more

Susannah Williams

Susannah Williams is a freelance writer living in Raleigh, North Carolina. read more