Issue #73, Memoir
This issue celebrates stories of the self in the world. Writers find (or, at least, try to find) meaning in familiar as well as unimaginable moments—the loves, losses, and joys that define our lives.
Also in this issue: the seductive dangers of self-mythologizing, the memoir-in-pieces, tiny truths, and more.
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"What's the Story" by Lee Gutkind
From the editor
"Bloodlines and Bitter Syrup" by Will Bridges
Avoiding prison in Huntsville, Texas, is nearly impossible
"The Wolf and the Dog" by Megan Doney
In the aftermath of a school shooting, a teacher prepares for the next time
The Story of a Self Will Storr
The Kaleshion Jerald Walker
In the Beginning, In the End Abby Mims
Weaponry of the Cold War Mary Beth Ellis
The Afterdeath Jill Deasy
How to Hang a Mezuzah Rachel Beanland
Listening to My Father's Accent Anna Monardo
The Memoir-In-Pieces Beth Kephart
Study Guide for Your Teenage Self Gabe Montesanti
Rachel Beanland writes essays and fiction and is the author of the novel Florence Adler Swims Forever, which was recently released by Simon... read more
Will Bridges is a professor of Japanese literary studies at the University of Rochester. He is currently writing “Vivisection: A... read more
Jill Deasy is a recent graduate of Pacific University’s MFA program. She lives with her family in Bellevue, Washington, where she is... read more
Megan Doney is an English professor in Virginia. She has been profiled in New York magazine and Vice, and her essays have appeared in ... read more
Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer, speaker, and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College... read more
Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the founder and editor of Creative... read more
Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of thirty books and dozens of essays, an award-winning adjunct at the University of Pennsylvania,... read more
Abby Mims’s work has appeared in the New York Times (Modern Love), Longreads, the Washington Post, Brevity, Ploughshares, and Nailed... read more
Anna Monardo’s essays, stories, and poems have appeared in the Sun, Fourth Genre, Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, and More. Her two... read more
Gabe Montesanti has an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and teaches creative writing at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center... read more
Will Storr is an award-winning journalist and novelist whose work has appeared in the Guardian, Sunday Times, the New Yorker, and the New... read more