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  1. Out of My Hands

    Author Jayne Martin on physical rehab after a fall: “It’s been almost three weeks and you are standing in between the parallel bars when Sandy says, ‘Okay, now let go and walk forward over to the wall.’ A cold chill snakes its way down your spine. ‘You can do this,’ she says.”

    Personal Essay
  2. The Role of Imagination in Creative Nonfiction

    Heather Thomson at Commonplace Book Blog explores fact, memory, and imagination in creative nonfiction: “But there is a middle ground, one which is perhaps the most difficult to do well, but the one I feel is most rewarding as a reader, and perhaps most faithful to how the mind works.”

    Books
  3. An Interview with “Furnishing Eternity” Author David Giffels

    “It’s easier to regain the immediacy of something that’s in the near distant past than it is to step away from the immediacy of something ongoing.” Rebecca Moon Ruark chats with David Giffels on memoir writing, journaling, loss, and how he enlisted his dad to help him build his own casket.

    Authors
  4. I remembered the tree and the tree remembered me

    “I remember going for a walk in the woods behind my house instead, finding this tree and carving my initials into it, pressing the sadness and rejection into its innocent bark.” At Kindred, Kerstin Pless Grant recalls being 14 and rediscovers a tree she had hoped to return to someday.

    Essay
  5. TRUE

    Brought to you by the makers of Proximity Magazine, True publishes weekly interviews and essays on the craft of memoir and telling true stories.

    Essay
  6. Banango Street

    Banango Street is a thrice-yearly literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

    Journals & Magazines
    Banango Street -- A literary journal.
  7. “Is this how I slide the chair of your sturdy heart across a carpet of years and back beneath my table of regret?”

    Memoir
  8. The Citron Review

    The editors at The Citron Review, who all met in the creative writing program at Antioch University of Los Angeles, share a passion for the short form — “powerful prose that packs a punch.” They publish poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction

    Fiction
  9. “Stuck in her mouth was a single blade of green grass, her last effort to stave off dehydration, hypothermia, starvation, as if by swallowing that blade she could puke up death itself, like a hairball, and be well again.”

    Animals
  10. Proximity Magazine

    Proximity “is a quarterly collection of true stories exploring place, space, and connections in the modern age,” featuring solid writing and a weekly blog post to help ease the wait between issues.

    Essay
  11. Draft by Draft: The Narrowing Lens of “Stranded”

    At Brevity, Jill Talbot, author of the memoir The Way We Weren’t, gives us a masterclass in revising our writing after rejection: “So many times, we have to get out of our essay’s way.”

    Art
  12. Negative Inspiration

    When there was nothing else for Kevin Richard White, there was writing: “I want them to know we’re given a voice at birth. We’re given a chance to use it. All you need is paper and time.”

    Essay
  13. Only Dreams in Total Darkness

    Meghan McClure offers an apéritif in advance of the release of her book, A Single Throat Opens, a collaborative exploration of addiction: “We want to shake the guilt of truth from us. Embrace it all as misremembered, jumbled dream, some delusional belief.”

    Writing
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  14. “Instead of getting to enjoy growing up, I felt trapped in my youth, the thing that had made me special until my ex-boyfriend called it my affliction, like a Dorian Gray bargain gone uniquely sideways.”

    Essay
  15. State of Being: Envisioning California

    “California, the best of it, is what lives and prospers in a liminal, unnamed space—somewhere between dreams, disappointments, and recalibration.” Lynell George describes how California — Los Angeles and San Francisco — moves through you.

    Essay