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Ripple (repeat)

Ripple (repeat) By Magin LaSov Gregg   |  January 8, 2018
On a rusted railroad bridge overlooking Ohio's Rocky River, I stand with my father beneath an ocean blue sky and listen to the water's murmur. My father removes his glasses and points to a large rock beside the lower bank...

The Day to Day

The Day to Day By Jessica Terson   |  December 31, 2017
Sifting the flour. Squeezing the lever once. And then waiting. For a moment, it is winter again. I take my finger and make snow angels in the little blue bowl.

Wake Up

Wake Up By Krys Malcolm Belc   |  December 25, 2017
I cannot take my children hiking without them mentioning babcia and dziadek and how they like to hike. Did you know they are going to take me camping one day? they say. Our children have seen their grandmother for the last time although she is still alive in a living room in Queens.

Sometimes Life Is Like That

Sometimes Life Is Like That By Jay Wamsted   |  December 18, 2017
One morning I was riding my bicycle to work in a low drizzle, and the skies opened. I was going down a hill--water streaming in my eyes, raindrops pelting my arms and face, a nonstop stream of kick-up soaking my legs--when I saw it.

How to Envy

How to Envy By Carmella Guiol   |  December 11, 2017
In Cartagena de Indias, men walk down the streets carrying birdcages instead of briefcases, always with the same yellow waif perched precariously behind bars. It's important for the bird to see the world, one man tells me, his birdcage propped on the seawall, the sea crashing against the rocks a few feet away....

Oranges

Oranges By Sarah Dalton   |  December 4, 2017
It is a rare occasion, but I decide to eat an orange when I want to remember....

Slim & Sublime

Slim & Sublime By RenĂ©e E. D’Aoust   |  December 1, 2017
In On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, William Zinsser extols the memoir form: "For me, no other nonfiction form goes so deeply to the roots of personal experience--to all the drama and pain and humor and unexpectedness of life."

Pushcart Nominations for 2017

Pushcart Nominations for 2017 November 29, 2017
We love everything we publish in our print journal, but we can only nominate six for the Pushcart Prize. Here's our editors' picks for 2017.

In-Betweens

In-Betweens By Hannah Cauthen   |  November 27, 2017
A tiny green lizard clings to a brick outside the window. It takes in the late-morning light, attempting to combat the smooth chill in the air. I watch people filtering in and out of the restaurant wearing sweaters too thick for early September in Georgia. 

Pigeon Prayer

Pigeon Prayer By Erica Meurk   |  November 20, 2017
Whether to call them pigeons or doves is a matter of perspective. We humans made them all one family, then deemed the white ones symbols of peace and purity, while the grey took their place in tales of plague and war....

Paris Street; Rainy Day

Paris Street; Rainy Day By Rachel Anne Murphy   |  November 13, 2017
Back then, a woman of 17 could marry a man of 37 and the men would say, good for you, old chum, what a waist she's got, and the women would say, good for you, lucky duck, what lovely diamonds.

The Dead Baby Lives

The Dead Baby Lives By Marilyn Bousquin   |  November 9, 2017
Jennifer Sinor's birth, which is anything but ordinary, sets up the thematic trajectory of Ordinary Trauma, a coming-of-age memoir that doubles as a father-daughter story...

Lick Creek

Lick Creek By Sarah Marty-Schlipf   |  November 6, 2017
My niece Charli, eight years old, is crouched in the creek, peering into the sunlit shallows, her face and arms and loose gold curls spangled with light. Around her, the shaggy green woods are alive and trembling...

Soft Spot

Soft Spot By Lynne Nugent   |  October 30, 2017
A few weeks into my second son's infancy, I've noticed that when the lighting and angle are perfect, I can see his pulse on top of his head, at the place where the bones haven't yet fused....

Signs

Signs By Holly Willis   |  October 23, 2017
In the final week of my mother's life, a duck and her ducklings traveled by her bedroom window in a wobbly caravan, declining in number with each daily pass. (The cats, I suspect: ruthless.)...

Did You Notice Me?

Did You Notice Me? By Aaron Newman   |  October 16, 2017
Aunt Beverly was not my aunt at all. She was the family hairdresser and a friend of my mother's. She believed in God, but her allegiance was firstly to those around her...

Mentor of Cool

Mentor of Cool By Richard LeBlond   |  October 9, 2017
There were Beatniks and wannabes like me in 1959 Portland coffeehouses. We sipped espressos and listened to cool jazz, whatever that was. Too young and inexperienced to distinguish authentic from pretentious, I tried, impossibly, to be cool.

Words and Their Users: Wrestling with John D'Agata's Canonry

Words and Their Users: Wrestling with John D'Agata's Canonry By Thomas Larson   |  October 4, 2017
I suppose it was inevitable. The age of self-disclosure-memoir writing, celebrity tweets, one-person Broadway shows, jihadist pre-bomb goodbye videos-would give way to one editor's need to order up a new hegemony for that intractable thing we call the essay...

Anne Barngrover

October 3, 2017
Anne Barngrover is the author of two books of poetry—Brazen Creature (2016 Editor’s Choice Selection, University of Akron Press), Yell Hound Blues (Shipwreckt Books, 2013)—and co-author, with poet Avni Vyas, of the poetry chapbook Candy in Our Brains (CutBank, 2014).
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Editor's Notes, Volume 19, Number 1

Editor's Notes, Volume 19, Number 1 By Joe Mackall   |  October 3, 2017
Remembering Brian Doyle and Nancy Mairs
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River Teeth Journal Issue 19.1

River Teeth Journal Issue 19.1 October 3, 2017
This issue features work by Ann Hood, Jessica Lind Peterson, Ana Maria Spagna, Ted Gup, Sarah Curtis Graziano, Amy Peterson, Nicholas Dighiera, Cecele Kraus, Joan Frank, Marilyn Moriarty, Anne Barngrover, and Mary Haug.
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Nicholas Dighiera

October 3, 2017
Nicholas Dighiera received an MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently working on a nonfiction project called 53 Days With My Kids.
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Joan Frank

October 3, 2017
Joan Frank is the author of six books of fiction and a book of collected essays. Prior work has received many honors and awards, including the 2016 Juniper Prize for the Novel, the Richard Sullivan Award for Short Fiction...
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Sarah Curtis Graziano

October 3, 2017
Sarah Curtis Graziano’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Salon, The American Literary Review, Literary Mama, the Huffington Post, and other publications.
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Ted Gup

October 3, 2017
Ted Gup is a known for his writing on government secrecy. He is the author of three books, including The Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA, and A Secret Gift.
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Ann Hood

October 3, 2017
Ann Hood is the author most recently of the bestselling novels The Book That Matters Most, The Obituary Writer, and The Knitting Circle.
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Cecele Kraus

October 3, 2017
Cecele Kraus has authored two poetry chapbooks: Tuscaloosa Bypass (Finishing Line Press, 2012), and Harmonica (Liquid Light Press, 2014).
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Marilyn Moriarty

October 3, 2017
Marilyn Moriarty’s essays have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction and other literary magazines.
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Amy Peterson

October 3, 2017
Amy Peterson is the author of Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World (Discovery House, 2017).
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Jessica Lind Peterson

October 3, 2017
Jessica Lind Peterson is a playwright and founder of a little theater in Minneapolis called Yellow Tree. Her play What I Learned from Grizzly Bears is published by Smith & Kraus.
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