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On Belay

On Belay By Rachael Button   |  April 16, 2018
When I climb, my husband catches me. Peter is younger than me, lankier, quieter. His body weaves up rock with a grace my shaky, short frame cannot yet settle into--but he's learned not to correct or coach me. Instead he holds me on belay...

Learning to Tell Time

Learning to Tell Time By Cathy Luna   |  April 9, 2018
Learning to Tell Time Corpus Christi, Texas: February 1, 1969 It will always be eighty degrees in Corpus and I will always be six when the telegram comes. For me, this day will always have passed as if it were any other. I will always be inside...

Editor's Notes 19.2

Editor's Notes 19.2 April 3, 2018
Spread the word and shop for the birthday gifts! River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative is a teenager no longer! Our nineteenth volume closes with the issue you hold or are reading onscreen...

Idols

Idols By Nicole Baute   |  April 2, 2018
In September, they carry Ganesha to the river. The bedazzled elephant god sits Sukhasana, mala of flowers around his neck, unlikely to swim. My inherited religion is about a man who rose from the dead, his bloody corpse the symbol...

Houses of Injury and Healing

Houses of Injury and Healing By Sarah Cheshire   |  April 1, 2018
As the curator of Beautiful Flesh, G'Schwind’s self-proclaimed mission is "to create a body" that weaves individual stories together, forming a larger narrative.
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Reunion Tour

Reunion Tour By Renee Nicholson   |  March 26, 2018
Thud of drums, The Edge’s guitar lick reverberating in our sternums, and the first flinty sound of Bono’s voice. We never expected...

Mark Beaver

March 21, 2018
Mark Beaver is the author of Suburban Gospel (Hub City, 2016), a memoir about growing up in the 80s Bible Belt. His prose has appeared in Gulf Coast, North American Review, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, and many other publications. He is a graduate of...
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Wendy Bone

March 21, 2018
Wendy Bone is a Canadian journalist, teacher and unabashed nature lover who has lived in Indonesia for the past ten years. Currently an online MFA Creative Writing candidate at...
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Bonnie Ilza Cisneros

March 21, 2018
Bonnie Ilza Cisneros is from the borderlands of South Texas. Her work has appeared in Chicana/Latina Studies, El Placazo, Front Porch Journal, and El Retorno.
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Anton DiSclafani

March 21, 2018
Anton DiSclafani is the author of two novels, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls and The After Party. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Washington Square Review, This American Life, Narrative, Electric Literature, and American...
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Carol D. Marsh

March 21, 2018
Carol D. Marsh, a 2014 graduate of Goucher College’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction program, won the 41st New Millennium Writings Literary Nonfiction prize with her essay, "Pictures in Leaves." Another essay, "Highest and Best"...
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Suzanne Roberts

March 21, 2018
Suzanne Roberts is the author of the award-winning memoir, Almost Somewhere, as well as four collections of poetry. She currently writes and teaches in South Lake Tahoe, California.
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Emily Sinclair

March 21, 2018
Emily Sinclair is an essayist and fiction writer. Her work has appeared in The Colorado Review, The Normal School, The Pinch Journal, Empty Mirror, Third Coast, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere. Best American Essays has recognized...
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Heather M. Surls

March 21, 2018
Heather M. Surls uses creative non-fiction to explore cultures and give voice to the voiceless, stereotyped, and marginalized. Her work has appeared in places like Ruminate, Rock & Sling, and...
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Alia Volz

March 21, 2018
Alia Volz is a native daughter of San Francisco. You'll find her writing in The Best American Essays 2017, Golden State 2017: Best New Writing from California, The New York Times, Tin House, Threepenny Review, Nowhere Magazine, New England Review...
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Controlled Burn

Controlled Burn By Traci Brimhall   |  March 19, 2018
Spring is the season for burning on the plains. Ranchers across the tall grass prairies of Eastern Kansas watch the forecast for the stillest days, when wind nests between mountains, before they bring the driptorches to the fields.

River Teeth Nonfiction Conference 2018

River Teeth Nonfiction Conference 2018 March 15, 2018
Our list of 2018 presenters is now available. This year’s conference will be June 1-3, 2018. Keynote presenters are Andre Dubus III and Angela Morales. Early registration discount until April 15.

Pop-Pop

Pop-Pop By Chloe DeFilippis   |  March 12, 2018
If I put my ear to the hardwood, will I hear the shuffle of his steps? The velcro shoes? I never saw him with his socks off. I imagine his toes like his fingers: thin with long thick yellowing nails. "To grab things with," he told me...

The Heart He Hearts Aching Inside Him

The Heart He Hearts Aching Inside Him By Elizabeth Dark   |  March 7, 2018
A hybrid of poetry and prose, Lemon’s Feverland reads nothing like a chronological narrative. Rather, it’s a fully choreographed set of movements that, in their abrupt turns, mimic the abrupt moments, episodes, and periods of Lemon’s life.

Passenger

Passenger By Tamara Lang   |  March 5, 2018
I nest, my sleeping bag encircling me as I sit, skin-hot down sheltering this present happiness as if it were a round, warm egg. Clouds have erased the peaks beyond the harbor, and I feel the boat that formed my bed tugging at its lines...

Non-Transferable

Non-Transferable By Jen Sammons   |  February 26, 2018
The instant I pull into the gas station, he starts screaming, starts pummeling the back of my seat with his gray and green Velcro sneakers....

Uplifted

Uplifted By George Such   |  February 19, 2018
A memory like a dream without a face....

Afterglow

Afterglow By Elissa Favero   |  February 12, 2018
By morning, feathers had settled lightly in the corners of the bathroom. They swept up into the air, though, as I moved past. Down, up and down. One brushed the nape of my neck as I stepped from the shower, and clamped there to damp skin. A torn comforter; a small domestic catastrophe....

Join Us for a 4-Journal Creative Nonfiction Reading at AWP Conference

Join Us for a 4-Journal Creative Nonfiction Reading at AWP Conference February 8, 2018
River Teeth is thrilled to announce it will again take part in an offsite creative nonfiction reading at this year's annual AWP Conference. The offsite reading will be on Friday, March 9 and will include readers from River Teeth, plus Under the Gum Tree, Fourth Genre, and Hippocampus.

Of Poets, Police Dogs, and Their Handlers

Of Poets, Police Dogs, and Their Handlers By Amber Anderson   |  February 6, 2018
In a journey through four countries, pursuing canine law enforcement units and their stories, Rose delivers a multi-faceted immersion memoir: observations, interviews, analysis, criticisms, and praise of how different nations approach policing with and without dogs.

Little Traveling Altars

Little Traveling Altars By Olivia Dunn   |  February 5, 2018
I am calling my current situation 'vow of poverty' because that sounds much nobler than 'slumming' or 'lazy.' Vow of poverty helps me remember that the reason I will eat chickpeas for dinner for the next three nights is because there is a larger goal at hand....

Cooking for Grandpa

Cooking for Grandpa By Rhonda Owen   |  January 29, 2018
Grandpa slumps on the three-legged stool, his clouded brown eyes intent on me as I reach into a cabinet drawer to scoop flour for dredging pieces of chicken soaking in a bowl of buttermilk....

Afghan Roses

Afghan Roses By Francisco Martinezcuello   |  January 22, 2018
In Massoud's Circle, weathered plastic shopping bags are captured by the thorns of Afghan roses. Armored vehicles crisscross in formation. Liberators with their guns pointed bully civilian cars to halt. My convoy breezes by, failing to free the bags from their thorny prison....

Living With Ian

Living With Ian By Mia Aguilera   |  January 15, 2018
My brother Ian and I live in the Pacific Northwest. We have a small brick house with wooden floors and a wall of French windows, letting in plenty of light....

The Country Cousin to Love

The Country Cousin to Love By Katy Major   |  January 9, 2018
When a friend of Kate Carroll de Gutes remarked about how often the positive aspects of others' lives are mentioned on Facebook, as opposed to the negative, de Gutes, in the essayist's quintessential way, got to thinking. What her musings sparked is The Authenticity Experiment...

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