nonfiction

Talking with Chloe Amos

Talking with Chloe Amos

“I wanted to take a stab at starting some dialogue over a very nuanced issue even before I have any real solutions figured out.”

Talking with Jacob Aiello

Talking with Jacob Aiello

“It was only after I was able to look at this story as if it was about a fictional character that I think I made the connections and patterns that brought it to life.”

Talking with Shauna Laurel Jones

Talking with Shauna Laurel Jones

“I’m interested in cultural and aesthetic dimensions of human relationships with other animals, so naturally this “puffin problem” was a topic that spoke to me.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor E.E. Hussey

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor E.E. Hussey

“Science writing taught me the value of concise and succinct writing. It comes in handy when I’m drafting fiction.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Brandi Bradley

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Brandi Bradley

“Country music has incredible narratives about high-drama situations: adventure, crumbling marriages, tragic accidents, murder, and—my favorite high-drama narrative—the cost of ambition.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Sara Mang

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Sara Mang

“I include details that are lived in and lovingly collected because they usher movement throughout a life.”

Carve Review: Permanent Exhibit by Matthew Vollmer

Carve Review: Permanent Exhibit by Matthew Vollmer

For those looking for a personal account of the world we live in today, and one especially through the eyes of the creative writing teacher you had that one time but didn’t get to know well enough, Vollmer’s book offers an eclectic mix of confessional writing, philosophical musings, and interesting reflections on a family, life, and career in progress.

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Hannah Michelle

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Hannah Michelle

“This recent moment and the moments portrayed in "Sister" remind me that my relationships need not follow the classic scripts of growing up.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor John Langenfeld

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor John Langenfeld

“In one sense, it’s refreshing to shape the experience into a narrative that brings out the humanity of those involved, but reaching back into that regrettable decade-and-a-half has been a struggle at times as well.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Chip Livingston

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Chip Livingston

“I really wasn’t sure if the essay would work as well on the page, but it’s fun for me to read aloud, and I edited the sentences and lines with that oral delivery in mind.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Jonathan Starke

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Jonathan Starke

"I was captivated by the charisma of the wrestlers, the gaudy costumes, the grandiosity of the ring, the stage, the event, which was such an escape from small-town Iowa, where I was raised."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Melissa Mesku

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Melissa Mesku

"The only way I could approach it with any validity was from the perspective I have now: distant, detached, but still able to marvel."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Avery Erwin

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Avery Erwin

“Reading slows time down. It puts my brain back together.”

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Arman Haveric

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Arman Haveric

"Some days I felt like a writing genius; other days I felt like an utter dumbass."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Paulette Fire

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Paulette Fire

"Don’t try to write a good story. Just write what’s true. A true story is a good story."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Jessi Lewis

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Jessi Lewis

"If I slowed myself down, I could process what it meant to confuse memories with hauntings and hauntings with the creaks of an older home.

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Eric Wilson

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Eric Wilson

"In contrast, the fiction-writing students were treating literature as something alive and breathing, something they themselves were creating.

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Amanda Parrish Morgan

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Amanda Parrish Morgan

"I used to encourage my students to use the literature we read as a way in to more personal essay writing, and so bringing the novel to my own experience felt like what I, as a teacher, would have told myself to do."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Andrew Wingfield

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Andrew Wingfield

"Artists embrace the challenge of making the familiar new again by uncovering what is unique in their experience and resisting the constant temptation to succumb to cliché."

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Sharon Dilworth

Q&A with Nonfiction Contributor Sharon Dilworth

"I tend to transform and twist the more immediate narratives into something unrecognizable from reality. Over time nostalgia pushes me toward the truth."