Creative Nonfiction
When We Are Alive

When We Are Alive

by Kaori Fujimoto
 
You rush from your home in the Tokyo area, and, as the train station comes into view, you see your fellow commuters bottlenecked into the street.
Sequoia Sempervirens

Sequoia Sempervirens

by Amye Archer
 
There are nights when I look at you, feel for you in the dark, and the falling into one another, the estuary we create, is still so easy.
The King of Rock ‘n Soul

The King of Rock ‘n Soul

by Alan Swyer
 
Dubbed by Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records The greatest singer—and hustler—in the world, Solomon Burke had a story second to none.
Inner Monologue as I prepare to Write My Sexual Bildungsroman

Inner Monologue as I prepare to Write My Sexual Bildungsroman

by Christie Tate
 
Regret not a single time you ran full-speed into situations that violated every standard of ethics, morality, hygiene, civility, and OSHA.
Change of Address

Change of Address

by Maggie Lane
 
I feel another body from the empty side of the bed pressing against mine, a heavy, immovable body made of worry and anxiety.
Object Permanence

Object Permanence

by Amye Archer
 
It is dark. The summer is ending, but we can still taste her on our tongues. Twenty beers between us has made you hungry for me.
Memphis Slim in Paris

Memphis Slim in Paris

by Alan Swyer
 
Thanks to a combination of persistence, conniving, and luck, I was in a privileged position in Paris: writing the Paris section of a travel guide.
Ike Minus Tina

Ike Minus Tina

by Alan Swyer
 
The first time Ike Turner told me I’d been sent to him by God, I should have known enough to bolt.
Where It Will Land

Where It Will Land

by Ann Swann
 
February in West Texas, the grass is scabby, mesquites thin and low. Here and there a slab of gray stone breaks the skin of the earth as though breaching for air.
The Inner Lives of Salad Forks

The Inner Lives of Salad Forks

by Adriana Gardella
 
“Somebody’s going to have to share,” I said to the eight utensils assembled in the dishwasher’s silverware basket, one per compartment. I towered over them, dangling a recently used cereal spoon.
Soul Brother

Soul Brother

by Alan Swyer
 
My first music video was neither planned nor predictable. In fact, it ran counter to the conventional trajectory whereby directors begin their careers by making music videos or commercials, then graduate to feature films.
What Students Most Need to Know About Syntax: a Mini-Essay

What Students Most Need to Know About Syntax: a Mini-Essay

by George Drew
 
“What is syntax?” That was my opening question to my Introduction to Poetry section one memorable first day of class.
Goodbye Lewiston Idaho

Goodbye Lewiston Idaho

by Julie McGalliard
 
The cocktail waitress in the logo is obviously based on the stereotypical sexy gal truck flaps. I can’t remember when I first saw one of those, but I first noticed them in Thelma and Louise, when the title characters make fun of it.
What Abides

What Abides

by M. M. Adjarian
 
From the start, the world told my father he was an accident no one especially wanted to happen. Yet life still managed to offer him compensations.
All Mine

All Mine

by Mary Ann Cooper
 
In August of 1971, I was twenty years old and miserable. All of my friends were away at college while I was still at home with my family.

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