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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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Four River Teeth Essays on this Year's BAE Notables List

Four River Teeth essays were listed on this year's Best American Essays list of Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction for 2015. ...more

2016 Nonfiction Book Contest Accepting Manuscripts

River Teeth is pleased to announce that Andre Dubus III will serve as final judge once more for the 2016 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. Series co-editors, Dan Lehman and Joe Mackall, will continue to screen all manuscripts. Deadline is October 31, 2016. ...more

Beautiful Things Wins a Pushcart

Congratulations to Kate Levin! Her Beautiful Things column "Resting Place" has been selected for this year's Pushcart Prize. ...more

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On Guilt

On Guilt

By Jennifer Wortman

September 26, 2016

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Editor's Notes, Volume 18, Number 1

Editor's Notes, Volume 18, Number 1

At the end of the academic year, when students start to lose it over grade pressure and work load, and I begin to wear down and wonder how much longer I can read thousands of pages of student work, I do what every burned-out writing teacher would do--I read....

The Importance of Being Outside

The Importance of Being Outside

Gail Folkins' collection of essays was just the impetus I needed to unearth our family's old camping equipment and plan a trip into the mountains. We hadn't gone backpacking since before our son was born, and as I sifted through stuff sacks, headlamps, and cookware, neglected parts of myself reawakened......

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