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River Teeth is a biannual journal combining the best of creative nonfiction, including narrative reportage, essays and memoir, with critical essays that examine the emerging genre and that explore the impact of nonfiction narrative on the lives of its writers, subjects, and readers.


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River Teeth 2014 Book Contest Winner Receives 2017 PEN Literary Award

In 2014, Angela Morales and her essay collection The Girls in My Town was selected by bestselling author and final judge Cheryl Strayed for the River Teeth Nonfiction Book Award. The collection published by University New Mexico Press in 2016, has now received the 2017 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for Art of the Essay as well. This prestigious award was presented at a live awards ceremony on March 27, 2017. ...more

Announcing the Winner of the 2016 River Teeth Book Contest

Congratulations to Sarah Viren, the winner of this year's River Teeth book contest. Her collection of linked essays entitled "Mine" was picked by our final judge Andre Dubus III....more

Pushcart Nominations for 2016

River Teeth is pleased to announce this year's Pushcart nominations! ...more

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Beautiful Things

Shame and Drum

Shame and Drum

By Robert W. Fieseler

May 22, 2017

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One Era Ends. Another Begins.

One Era Ends. Another Begins.

When the past doesn’t suit you, from what do you build the future? It’s a question that lumps at the throats of many twenty-somethings who know their lives will not follow those of their parents. Though Leslie Lawrence is well past her twenties, she uses the same question to animate her book of essays, The Death of Fred Astaire, an eclectic collection that ranges over decades of its author’s unexpected life....

The Kingdom of the Sick

The Kingdom of the Sick

My best childhood friend, Vanessa, suffers from debilitating chronic pain. She has seen multiple specialists, tried numerous treatments, and been diagnosed with a handful of conditions, all of which perhaps come close to naming her experience, but never fully......

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