Issue #8, 1997

Mostly Memoir

This issue, Creative Nonfiction’s largest to date, features intimate stories that forge a bond between reader and author. Andy Solomon takes us back into his childhood, when he was caught smoking cigarettes in the basement of his Sunday school; Alec Wilkinson brings to life the irony in the way people look at modern art; Kay Morgan, a psychotherapist, writes about what she has learned from eight years of listening to her patients loose their emotional difficulties on her.

“Mostly Memoir” also features previously unpublished excerpts from “An Album Quilt,” by John McPhee.

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR: Anatomy of "An Album Quilt" Excerpt Lee Gutkind ... read more
At a Turn in the Road Lucy Wilson Sherman ... read more
Like a Flower of Feathers or a Winged Branch Ellen Gilchrist
The Story of My Father Phillip Lopate
At the Buzzer Michael Berberich
Radio Wars, Closed Doors, When You're Out I Check Your Drawers Elizabeth Hodges
Original Friend Donald Morrill
Vanish Away Like Smoke Andy Solomon
Bloodtalk: Daynotes of a Psychotherapist Kay E. Morgan
Cy Twombly Alec Wilkinson ... read more
An Album Quilt John McPhee
COVER TO COVER: Reviews of New Books


Michael Berberich

Michael Berberich has had several essays about gambling and public policy published in Notre Dame Magazine and has had an essay about... read more

K. E. Ellingson

K. E. Ellingson prefers reading to writing and only writes because she secretly believes that if she doesn't, her head will fill up with... read more

Ellen Gilchrist

Ellen Gilchrist lives in a stone and glass house built into the east-facing side of the hill in the Ozark Mountains. She reads and writes... read more

Elizabeth Hodges

Elizabeth Hodges is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches nonfiction writing at both the... read more

Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate's nonfiction books include essay collections (Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre, Portrait of My Body); film criticism... read more

John McPhee

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Kay E. Morgan

Kay E. Morgan is a psychotherapist who has written in journals for 40 years. She teaches journal writing at conferences around the country... read more

Donald Morrill

Donald Morrill's prose and poetry have appeared in a number of magazines, including Grand Tour, New Virginia Review, The Southern Review,... read more

Kathryn Rhett

Kathryn Rhett is an assistant professor at Gettysburg College. Her poems have been published in The Antioch Review, Ploughshares and... read more

Lucy Wilson Sherman

Lucy Wilson Sherman received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Goddard College. She completed a full-length memoir called "Laying... read more

Andy Solomon

Andy Solomon was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., educated at the University of Pittsburgh, and teaches at the University of Tampa where he... read more

Alec Wilkinson

Alec Wilkinson is the author of ten books, including "Big Sugar" and "A Violent Act". Since 1980, he has been a writer on the staff of the... read more