Issue #75, Celebrating a Milestone

Spring 2021

This milestone issue features some of our favorite prize-winning essays, by contributors including Brian Doyle, Judith Kitchen, Joe Fassler, Sonya Huber, and Emily Bernard. These curious, beautiful, nuanced stories about everything from surviving lightning strikes to the relief of solving medical mysteries consider the many perils, as well as the tremendous power, of our small human lives.

Plus, brief excerpts from some of the phenomenal interviews we’ve published over the years, with advice and reflections on craft from writers including Dave Eggers, Leslie Jamison, Patricia Hampl, and many others.

* Pre-order only. Issue ships in mid-April. All new subscriptions will start with issue #75.


Table of Contents

What's the Story #75 Lee Gutkind
Dave Eggers on the Importance of Talking to Strangers Jeff Gordinier
Sensualiterature Brian Doyle
The Same Story Suzanne Roberts
Leslie Jamison on the Usefulness of Cliché Joe Fassler
Wait Times Joe Fassler
Sheri Fink on Blending Science and Narrative Lee Gutkind & Dan Sarewitz
Monsters Margaret Wardlaw
No One Lives Here Genevieve Anna Tyrrell
Cheryl Strayed & Elissa Bassist on How They Measure Success Elissa Bassist & Cheryl Strayed
Black Is the Body Emily Bernard
Erik Larson on the Joys of Digging through Archives Donna Seaman
Secret Museums B. Pietras
Recorded Lightning Amaris Ketcham
In the Grip of the Sky Sonya Huber
Elizabeth Kolbert on the Terror of Being at the Mercy of Events Donna Seaman
The Walk Home Judith Barrington
Patricia Hampl on What Makes a Memoirist Heidi McKinley
Any Given Day Judith Kitchen


Judith Barrington

Judith Barrington’s Lifesaving: A Memoir was the winner of the 2001 Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand... read more

Elissa Bassist & Cheryl Strayed

Elissa Bassist edits the “Funny Women” column on The Rumpus. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times,, The... read more

Emily Bernard

Emily Bernard’s essays have been reprinted in The Best American Essays, Best African American Essays, and The Best Creative... read more

Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle was the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon and the author of many books of essays and fiction... read more

Joe Fassler

Joe Fassler conducted this interview for CNF. His work appears in venues like The Boston Review, Electric Literature’s “... 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

Jeff Gordinier

Jeff Gordinier conducted this Q&A for CNF. He is the editor-at-large at Details and the author of X Saves the World. His work has... 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

Amaris Ketcham

Amaris Ketcham teaches interdisciplinary courses at the University of New Mexico. Her creative work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review... read more

Judith Kitchen

Judith Kitchen was the author of five collections of essays, including the novella-length The Circus Train (2014), and the winner of two... 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

B. Pietras

B. Pietras is a writer with essays in TriQuarterly, BuzzFeed Reader, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a novel... 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

Donna Seaman

A senior editor for Booklist, Donna Seaman is a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. She created the anthology In Our... read more

Genevieve Anna Tyrrell

Genevieve Anna Tyrrell recently finished her MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Central Florida. Her thesis utilizes different... 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