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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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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

2016 River Teeth Nonfiction Conference Features Dinty W. Moore and Elena Passarello

This year's River Teeth Nonfiction Conference will be June 3-5, 2016. Get ready for a weekend packed full of outstanding speakers, topics, conversation, and readings. ...more

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Don Isidro

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August 29, 2016

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For You, the Universe on a String

For You, the Universe on a String

Whenever I hear someone has writer's block, I recommend writing about one's parents. It's a loaded subject for anyone, conjuring feelings we might otherwise repress......

Thought Paths

Thought Paths

"Spit" is Patrick Madden's lead essay in his latest collection, Sublime Physick. The next eleven pieces (seven previously published) shift from forceful ejection of saliva to empathy, recognition, physics, and elevators. Three compositions focus on lost children. Cave paintings, Tarot cards, time, voyages--these subjects, too, with a little music and mortality thrown in plus photos and illustrations. Male zipper negligence? Why not?! The topics range far and wide, proving no theme is off limits for this wordsmith....

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