Creative Nonfiction

Marriage

Allegra KIng

Our messy married life; wabi-sabi beautiful, imperfect,
impermanent, and forever incomplete.
Continually, we mend the chipped and broken pieces into art, our art, our life. Like Japanese ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

How to Ride a Bike

Emma Nelson

First, admit that you have never been happy. Admit that joy is a commodity reserved for those far outside of your understanding. Admit that pain has always felt more natural to you because it lets you ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Trps of the Trade

Edward Chen

When we think of a cell, we might not realize the extent of its intricacy. Sure, cells may be complex, but then there are tissues, organs, organ systems, and entire organisms. Cells are only a really ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Devious Dumpster Cat

Avery Nowicki

Tonks the cat was the first animal I ever met that looked at me like I looked at it.
Anita, my step-mother, was known for discovering the helpless and giving them life. She did it with her first ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

3x a Million

Caroline Thompson

"(3x a million)
That's all
Your devoted husband
Nick"
Janet cradled her newborn child in her arms as she read his words, carefully sprawled on the tan paper. Her darling. He ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

three variations on a love song

Abigail Swanberg

On the coldest winter evening of my first semester at college, when my dorm's dreadful heating made me sweat like it was the middle of August, I picked up a diary that I have not touched since I was a ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Dispatch from the Middle Ages

Denise Stroud

Ten days ago, I quit the kind of job this school is meant to prepare you for. I left the investment bank I'd worked for, to return to school as a full-time student. Why would I make such a seemingly ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Tabasco Sauce

Teresa Vazquez

There is no Tabasco sauce on our table. My usual order—the "Just Bacon" burger with no onions, pickles, or garlic aioli, please—will be unsatisfactory if it is not drenched in Tabasco sauce. The ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

London Fog

Margaret Hall

When I was fourteen, I was diagnosed with Vocal Cord Dysfunction. How I breathe is fundamentally broken. The doctor guessed I had never smoked, and I told her she was right. Good, she said, and let me ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Five Hours

Alyson Cabeza

The backdoor slammed as you stormed out. The loud strike of blinds hit the door and caught up to the slam – the last noticeable telling of your previous presence. I sat on the floor. The others ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

The Girl with the Yellow Hair

Harlen Bertrand

The hallways were unnaturally quiet when I left my room. The walls reflected a putrid-looking yellow that shined from the small light above me. The usual thumping of music that came from the doo ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Indecent Proposal

Brian Rosenzweig

I proposed to the love of my life in September, and she ran away from me. I'd expected her to say no, sure, as I knelt down in front of the Old Well with no ring, no intention, no plan. We were ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Convenience

Melina Rice

Little brothers are annoying, aren't they? They're messy and whiny, god so whiny. They take your things without asking, they're...endlessly loud. That afternoon, my half-brother was the quietest he'd ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Coffee & Me

Rachel Rofman

Who Needs Sleep When Life is a Dream?
My love for life is unequivocal & unwavering, & when you love something, you never want to say goodbye. Each time I close my eyes, the whole world I hold so ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Roses

Gabrielle Shiozawa

Grace drives south on State Street back toward our apartment. We have groceries in the backseat, and there are plants tucked around my feet to keep the soil from spilling as we travel. Grace's new ... [+]

Creative Nonfiction

Losing Control

Claudia Battezzato

I've always liked being in control. My planner, filled with checklists and to-do items, contains my whole life. Filling out forms brings me a weird sense of satisfaction. I like putting all the ... [+]