Issue #74, Moments of Clarity

Winter 2021

Creative Nonfiction #74: "Moments of Clarity" features stories of sudden realizations, things that can’t be unsaid, and power dynamics laid bare: a seventeen-year-old flirts her way into trouble; a daughter’s offhand remark shatters a family’s fragile peace; an employee quietly decides HR’s focus on diversity is actually kind of racist, and more.

Also in this issue: epiphanies in nonfiction, legal advice for writers, and tiny truths.


Table of Contents

What's the Story #74 Lee Gutkind ... read more
The Turning Point of All Things Randon Billings Noble
El Valle, 1991 Aurelia Kessler ... read more
In the Matter of Alice Berkley Caitlin Horrocks
Quantum Physics for Mothers Susan McCarty
Women's Work Eileen Garvin
Sorry, Dada Liz Iversen
Latinx Heritage Month Melissa Lujan Mesku
The Desert Was His Home Eric L. Muller ... read more
What Will We Do for Fun Now? Jane Ratcliffe
Law 101 for Writers
The Resume Catherine Elcik


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

Mackenzie Branson

Mackenzie Branson is an editor at JuxtaProse and has a degree in English and creative writing. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her... read more

Catherine Elcik

Catherine Elcik is a writer and tutor in Winthrop, Massachusetts, who usually writes fiction about misfits and subcultures. She holds a BA... read more

Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the author of the novel The Music of Bees, which is forthcoming from Dutton, and the memoir How to Be a Sister: A Love... 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

Caitlin Horrocks

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the novel The Vexationsand the story collections Life Among the Terranauts(forthcoming 2021) and This Is Not... read more

Liz Iversen

Liz Iversen's essays have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and elsewhere. read more

Aurelia Kessler

Aurelia Kessler lives in Alaska, where she works at her local public library. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including... read more

Susan McCarty

Susan McCarty's essays have appeared in Ecotone, the Iowa Review, Utne Reader, and elsewhere. She is the author of the story collection... read more

Melissa Lujan Mesku

Melissa Lujan Mesku is an engineer and the creator of the recursive literary project ➰➰➰. Her writing has appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly,... read more

Eric L. Muller

Eric L. Muller has been studying and writing about the removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans for more than two decades. He is a... read more

Jane Ratcliffe

Jane Ratcliffe's work has appeared in the Sun, O, The Oprah Magazine, Longreads, Guernica, Vogue, New England Review, the... read more

Baņuta Rubess

Baņuta Rubess is a writer and director with a string of innovative productions to her credit for audiences in Europe and Canada. One of the... read more