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About The Illustrations
ATIYA JONES is a multidisciplinary artist who employs abstraction and a range of media—including ink drawings, photography, collage, graphic design, and fiber—to investigate subjects such as selfexploration, womanhood, human migration, and gentrifica
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El Valle, 1991
AURELIA KESSLER lives in Alaska, where she works at her local public library. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Tidal Echoes, Wildheart Magazine, Cirque, Crab Fat Magazine, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. IN THE MOUNTAINS 
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For Further Reading
Here are some moments of clarity that … Are strong but unspoken: From “CHOP SUEY” by IRA SUKRUNGRUANG My mother grabbed my hand and took one step toward the man. In that instant, I saw in her face the same resolve she had when she spanked, the same r
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The Sea
MACKENZIE BRANSON is an editor at JuxtaProse and has a degree in English and creative writing. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and four children. MY UNCLE WAS a boxer, and the brutality of the sport made me nervous around him. That,
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In the Matter of Alice Berkley
CAITLIN HORROCKS is the author of the novel The Vexations and the story collections Life Among the Terranauts (forthcoming 2021) and This Is Not Your City. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. WHEN I WATCHED the video afterward, I felt embarrassed. I
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Nemesis
BANUTA RUBESS is a writer and director with a string of innovative productions to her credit for audiences in Europe and Canada. One of the first batch of women to win the Rhodes Scholarship, she has a doctorate in history from the University of Oxfo
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Women’s Work
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 Story with a Twist of Autism. Her writing has appeared with PsychologyToday.com, the Oregonian, and Introvert, Dea
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Quantum Physics for Mothers
SUSAN McCARTY’s essays have appeared in Ecotone, the Iowa Review, Utne Reader, and elsewhere. She is the author of the story collection Anatomies (2015, Aforementioned Productions) and teaches at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. WHEN I WAS
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Latinx Heritage Month
MELISSA LUJAN MESKU is an engineer and the creator of the recursive literary project ➰➰➰. Her writing has appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Guernica, National Geographic, and Math Magazine. I work at a start-up. In the kitchen there is a flat-screen TV
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The Desert Was His Home
ERIC L. MULLER has been studying and writing about the removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans for more than two decades. He is a law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. WE DON’T KNOW MUCH about Mr. Otomatsu Wada of U
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Sorry, Dada
LIZ IVERSEN’S essays have appeared in Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and elsewhere. WHEN MY TODDLER daughter’s personality first began to emerge, I was relieved. She was strong-willed, boisterous, funny. She was not like me. She would grow
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What Will We Do for Fun Now?
JANE RATCLIFFE’s work has appeared in the Sun, O, The Oprah Magazine, Longreads, Guernica, Vogue, New England Review, the Believer, and other publications. She holds an MFA from Columbia University. She’s just finished her second novel, “Run All the
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Catherine Elcik
Worried Daughter • Unqualified Caretaker • Derelict OBJECTIVE: To survive the many roles an adult child of a father with Alzheimer’s must play March 2015 – present • Called bullshit on the relatively utopian snapshot of Alzheimer’s pedaled by a PSA-s
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What’s the Story?
ORIGINALLY, we were planning to devote this issue—which was scheduled for last summer—to the theme of “power.” And as you’ll see, each essay we’ve collected here engages that theme in one way or another. But as this very long, very eventful year wore
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Law 101 for Writers
Excerpted from Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction, published 2008 by W. W. Norton. A succinct but rich compendium of ideas, terms, and techniques, this book provides all the information writers
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Creative Nonfiction
EDITOR Lee Gutkind MANAGING EDITOR Hattie Fletcher SENIOR EDITOR Chad Vogler SECTION EDITOR Dinty W. Moore Exploring the Boundaries EDITORIAL INTERNS & FACT CHECKERS Sarah Capdeville Stephanie Dinkmeyer Zoe Fowler READERS Stephanie Bane Becky Bosshar
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AfterWORDS
TINY TRUTHS from winners of the daily #cnftweet contest Can you tell a true story in a single tweet? To join in the fun, follow us @cnfonline and tag your entries with #cnftweet. Your micro-essay could appear in the next issue of CNF! evorbachcollins
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The Turning Point of All Things
RANDON BILLINGS NOBLE is an essayist. Her collection Be with Me Always was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2019, and her anthology of lyric essays, A Harp in the Stars, is forthcoming from Nebraska in 2021. Other work has appea
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The Serious Business of Play: Finding Connection, Meaning, and Sometimes Joy
IT’S NOT ALWAYS EASY to tell someone you’re a game scholar, or that you use public and private dollars to harness the power of games and play for social good. Sometimes the reaction is, “How fun,” tinged with an underlying skepticism suggesting that
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Surviving
QUESTIONS WERE on Matthew’s mind. I’d seen that look on my grandson’s face many times. It was a Saturday evening—the beginning of a sleepover weekend—and the two of us were eating dinner. Stouffer’s lasagna, his favorite. “What if our Milky Way galax
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Whispers From The Field
YOUNG TREES GLOW with branches that double as lamp posts, bringing gold warmth to the blue light that engulfs the mist-shrouded island of Teldrassil, home of the night elves. Plants and trees in shades of green, pink, purple, and lavender shroud the
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Keeping Score
WE’RE NOT SURE if we’re going to make it—through the card game or through this stage of our relationship. I sit at the dining table with my gaming partner, my husband of eight years, Kylie. We are not a fighting couple, but lately, we’ve been having
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Never a Sure Bet
MY FATHER’S MOTHER, Ma-Ma, taught me to play mah-jongg at the lucky age of nine. At first, she had refused. Her lips were so taut, her tiny mouth disappeared. “It’s a gambling game,” she spat, as if that should immediately disqualify it. “Why do you
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Beautiful Slop
ALMOST ALL OF THEM, at some point in the game, told me to kiss it. One said it with respect, holding eye contact with me and speaking in a low, steady voice. This made me feel as if we were collaborating on something important. There were two men who
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Almost Home
LATE ON MY FIRST DAY out of the fallout shelter, I wander into Flatwoods, West Virginia. I can hear weapons fire in the distance, and footsteps, both of which make me wary, but the message that was left for me outside the fallout shelter said to head
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Special Time
A FEW MORNINGS AGO, I found myself wandering through my house, searching for my five-year-old son. “Where, oh where, is my beloved Jeffrey?” I cried. “I’m starting to get worried!” What I was feeling, in truth, was not worry—I’d already spotted Jeffr
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Earning the Ending
I HAVE A VIVID MEMORY of sitting next to my childhood best friend on her plaid couch, watching her older brother conquer his most recent video game obsession. The game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, centered around a protagonist named Link, w
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Inside, Outside, In Between
WHEN I WAS TWELVE years old and starting to break competitive-swimming records, I read only books about athletes. I started with Lance Armstrong’s It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. After that, Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit, biographi
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All In The Cards
IN CREATIVE WRITING courses, we’re often told that quotidian topics make the best grist for the mill. We’re asked to consider the most mundane of items, the ones we step over in the houses of our memories or don’t notice because they are always there
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They’ve Got Rhythm
“STYLE IS a very simple matter: it is all rhythm,” Virginia Woolf wrote in a letter to the poet Vita Sackville-West. “Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.” Trying to teach rhythmic prose, however, is a bit like trying to teach a hapless
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