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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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Pushcart Nominations

The Board of Contributing Editors for The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (40th Edition) has nominated two essays from River Teeth issues....more

Scholarship Deadline Extended to March 15

River Teeth is offering four scholarships to students currently enrolled in writing programs (graduate or undergraduate). Recipients of the scholarships will attend the May 29-31 River Teeth nonfiction conference, free of registration fees. ...more

Book Contest Update

Many people have contacted our office about the progress of this year's literary nonfiction book contest. Expect an announcement around the end of February or early March. ...more

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Red Wings

Red Wings

By Iris Graville

March 2, 2015

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A Son Coming Home

A Son Coming Home

Steven Harvey, in his marvelous memoir, The Book of Knowledge and Wonder, is on a journey to discover and understand his mother who committed suicide in April, 1961, when Harvey was eleven years old. Reflecting on her act, Harvey observes that it “had exploded in my life like the flash of a camera at close range, darkening everything around me and casting me into blindness, and when the light returned she was gone. . . . "...

Editor's Notes, Volume 16, Number 2

Editor's Notes, Volume 16, Number 2

The title character of Heckert’s piece—flinty, cantankerous, desperately ill—simply refuses to do what we expect of her, either as a literary character or as a real person. And, as River Teeth readers know, it is the knife’s edge between those worlds that endlessly worries and fascinates us....

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