Issue #69, Intoxication

Winter 2019

In Creative Nonfiction #69: “Intoxication,” writers explore the heady thrills—and, sometimes, dangers—of mother-daughter day-drinking; the Nashville music scene of 1983; finding a new romance in midlife; and surrendering to the Holy Spirit.

Plus, Leslie Jamison de-mythologizes the myth of the Drunk Genius; an argument for more humor in addiction memoirs; a potted history of cocktail coverage; tiny truths; and more.



Table of Contents

From the Editor Lee Gutkind ... read more
Cocktails 101 Beth Kracklauer
De-mythologizing the Drunk Genius Joe Fassler
The Cherry Birds Kateri Kosek
A Righteous Bender Rachel Sircy
The Last Waylon Party Sarah Curtis
Starbucks and Shipwrecks Sonya Huber
A Priest Walks Into A Bar Sarah Shotland
The Boozy Muse Kira Compton


Kira Compton

Kira Compton is a Boston-based writer and actor. Her prose and poetry have appeared recently in Right Hand Pointing, Kaleidoscope magazine... read more

Sarah Curtis

Sarah Curtis’s writing has been noted in the 2018 Best American Essays and has appeared in Salon, American Literary Review, River... read more

Maureen Hirthler

Maureen Hirthler is a physician and writer. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Missouri–Kansas City... read more

Sonya Huber

Sonya Huber is the author of five books, including Opa Nobody, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and the new essay collection... read more

Joe Fassler

Joe Fassler is editor of Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process (Penguin Books, 2017) and the... read more

Kateri Kosek

Kateri Kosek’s poetry and essays have appeared in such places as Orion,, and Catamaran. She teaches college English and... read more

Beth Kracklauer

Beth Kracklauer has been a food editor for the Off Duty section of the Wall Street Journal since 2012. She has also been an editor at... read more

Suzanne LaFetra Collier

Suzanne LaFetra Collier has been building Day of the Dead altars for twenty-five years. Her writing has appeared in publications including... read more

Sheila Regan

Sheila Regan is a Minneapolis-based journalist and arts critic. Her bylines include artnet News, Hyperallergic, The Lily, Broadly, Grok... read more

Jennifer Jordán Schaller

Jennifer Jordán Schaller is a writer and teacher living in Albuquerque. Her writing has appeared in Sonora Review; Georgetown Review... read more

Sarah Shotland

Sarah Shotland is the author of Junkette, a coming-of-age novel about heroin and hurricanes, and coeditor, with Sheryl St. Germain, of the... read more

Rachel Sircy

Rachel Sircy is a graduate of Ohio University. She lives with her husband and daughter in Columbia, South Carolina. This is her first... read more