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River Teeth 2014 Book Contest Winner Receives 2017 PEN Literary Award

River Teeth 2014 Book Contest Winner Receives 2017 PEN Literary Award March 30, 2017
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.

A Dress for the Wedding

A Dress for the Wedding By Lisa Romeo   |  March 27, 2017
You are modeling dresses and your husband votes for the one with the bouncy hem and V-neck. "It shows your nice cleavage!" "Yeah, for everyone." But in fact, you like your cleavage, and it's good to like something about your body...

Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller March 24, 2017
Brenda Miller is the author of An Earlier Life, Who You Will Become, Listening Against the Stone: Selected Essays, Blessing of the Animals, and Season of the Body.
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Thomas Larson

March 24, 2017
Thomas Larson is the author to The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative and The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s "Adagio for Strings."
Keywords: 13-2, 18-2

Andre Dubus III

March 24, 2017
Andre Dubus III is the author of a collection of short fiction, The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, and the novels Bluesman, House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, a New York Times bestseller and the memoir, Townie. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and was a Finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship from the Academy of Arts and Letters.
Keywords: 14-1, 18-2

Brian Castner

March 24, 2017
Brian Castner is a nonfiction writer, former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, and veteran of the Iraq War. He is the author of All the Ways We Kill and Die and the war memoir The Long Walk, which was adapted into an opera and named an Amazon Best
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Julie Marie Wade

March 24, 2017
Julie Marie Wade is the author of four collections of poetry and prose, most recently Catechism: A Love Story (Noctuary Press, 2016) and SIX: Poems (Red Hen Press, 2016)
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Kerry Muir

March 24, 2017
Kerry Muir holds an MFA from Vermont College of the Fine Arts, where she studied with Robin Hemley, Philip Graham, and Brett Lott. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Quarter After Eight, Willow Springs, and elsewhere.
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Lauren Hobson

March 24, 2017
Lauren Hobson is a graduate of Tulane University. She lives, works, and writes in Portland, Oregon.
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Zachary Gerberick

March 24, 2017
Zachary Gerberick is a MFA candidate in creative writing at Florida State University.
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E. A. Farro

March 24, 2017
E. A. Farro is a scientist and artist along the Mississippi River in Minnesota. She has a PhD in geology and has spent a lot of time living in the wilderness. She is working on a novel and a weekly online collaboration, Science Love Letters. ??
Keywords: 18-2

Michael Downs

March 24, 2017
Michael Downs’s books include House of Good Hope (University of Nebraska Press), winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, and The Greatest Show (Louisiana State University Press)
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Reg Darling

March 24, 2017
Reg Darling lives in Vermont with his wife and cats. When he isn’t writing, he paints and wanders in the woods. He was an outdoor writer of sorts in a previous literary incarnation, but has wandered off into the rest of his life.
Keywords: 18-2

Krista Christensen

March 24, 2017
Krista Christensen's essays have appeared or are forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Harpur Palate, Hippocampus, Word Riot, and elsewhere.
Keywords: 18-2

Amanda Bestor-Siegal

March 24, 2017
Amanda Bestor-Siegal is based in Paris, where she is working on a novel. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Threepenny Review and Salon.
Keywords: 18-2

Editor's Notes, Volume 18, Number 2

Editor's Notes, Volume 18, Number 2 By Dan Lehman   |  March 24, 2017
Narcissism is much in the news these days, what with the present exemplar-in-chief posing almost daily reminders of the sins of self-absorption and grandiosity. Still, before we dismiss too glibly this comb-over phenomenon, we might as well admit that narcissism can be a charge leveled with some merit at memoir writing and its related nonfiction forms. Memoir or ME-Moir? Guilty or not?
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The Boarding School Letters

The Boarding School Letters By Ah-reum Han   |  March 20, 2017
But consider for example the six-year-old daughter, face down on her new dorm bed, who cannot possibly imagine what to write to her mother a thousand miles away...

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost By Angie Crea O'Neal   |  March 13, 2017
My daughter spies it first, the butterfly limp on the pavement...

Holding Hands

Holding Hands By Stephanie Dethlefs   |  March 6, 2017
We walk up the stairway of my grandmother's porch. Towers of brick flank the stairs, which later we will scramble up to leap into the soft green grass below...

A Life Story, Buried and Unburied

A Life Story, Buried and Unburied By Jo Scott-Coe   |  March 2, 2017
I seek out some nonfiction knowing I will find the author's train of mind as compelling as his subject. This was certainly true with John Edgar Wideman's latest book, Writing to Save a Life: The Louis Till File.

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