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

2016 River Teeth Nonfiction Conference Features Dinty W. Moore and Elena Passarello May 3, 2016
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.

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

The Sincerest Form of Flattery By Robert Lunday   |  May 2, 2016
The essayists in After Montaigne react to a particular one of the Essays. Our review examines the book as a whole and discusses the work therein by E.J. Levy, Lia Purpura, Mary Cappello, Wayne Koestenbaum, Danielle Cadena Deulen, Nicole Walker, Steven Church, Robert Atwan, Chris Arthur, Elena Passarello, Maggie Nelson, and Philip Lopate.

Merriment

Merriment By Chansi Long   |  May 2, 2016
I was walking to the store with my brother when we stumbled upon a father teaching his daughter to ride a bike. He was in his early thirties, the age my father must have been when he left us...

The Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum of Broken Relationships By Jonathan Starke   |  April 25, 2016
There's this letter on the wall in there that a young boy writes to a young girl during the Bosnian War. They meet at gunpoint, marching toward a van that will drive them to...

Dandelion

Dandelion By Michelle Webster-Hein   |  April 18, 2016
A short and seasonal classic from the original 28 days of Beautiful Things, originally posted on February 21, 2014.

Concrete Hands

Concrete Hands By Sara Ackerman   |  April 11, 2016
The day the crumbling front steps of our house on 2 Baldwin Road were to be torn down and replaced, my mother gave me what seemed like the most incredible and unearned gift.

Faith, Fear, and Fractals

Faith, Fear, and Fractals By Tarn Wilson   |  April 8, 2016
I want to hook you by claiming that William Bradley's book of essays, Fractals, is about his near fatal battle with Hodgkin's Disease in his early twenties. And it is... But the book is also much more...

Brothers

Brothers By Rebecca Swanson   |  April 4, 2016
They hold hands when watching something new or big or frightening: waves rolling across the beach, fireworks, the part of the movie where Piglet can't find his friends.

Somniloquy

Somniloquy By Michael Levan   |  March 28, 2016
Trained by his body to wake now every two hours, he doesn't much need her voice to tell him it's time for more meds. So at first, when he stirs from his makeshift bed on their floor, he thinks she's talking to him.

Mountains

Mountains By Erin Slaughter   |  March 21, 2016
It is always almost raining. That's something they never tell you about Seattle; they talk about the rain, but not the days the air holds its breath.

Scott Russell Sanders to Visit Ashland

Scott Russell Sanders to Visit Ashland March 16, 2016
Scott Russell Sanders is coming to Ashland, Ohio on April 13 as part of the Ashland University English Department's Spring Reading Series.

Safety Popcorn

Safety Popcorn By Sarah Thieman   |  March 14, 2016
When I was a young child, once a week and sometimes more, my father cooked homemade popcorn in the WhirleyPop then seasoned it with garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, and sea salt. He divided it into two separate bowls -- one big blue bowl and another white square bowl with red stripes, a gift from his mother.
Keywords: family  |   7 comments

Growing Season

Growing Season By Verna Kale   |  March 7, 2016
"Do you remember anything from before you were born?" I ask.

"Beautiful Things" post receives a Pushcart Nomination!

March 4, 2016
The Pushcart Prize Board of Contributing Editors has nominated a piece of flash nonfiction from the River Teeth weekly "Beautiful Things" column. Congratulations to author Kate Levin for this recognition!

Out of Sight

Out of Sight By Richard Gilbert   |  March 1, 2016
A wizard behind the U.S. space program, German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, once likened space missions to the ocean voyages of ancient mariners. The analogy seems perfect, but the sea, while harsh, isn't instantly fatal to shipwrecked sailors.

Sneakers in Sand

Sneakers in Sand By Dina Relles   |  February 29, 2016
The baby's shoes were nowhere. That morning was spent in the chaotic swirl of cleaning and packing the vacation house. Countertops lined with coffee cups, milky-bottomed cereal bowls, last laundry loads, shouts up the staircase, don’t forget the shampoo in the shower! It was New Year’s Eve. We had a flight to catch.

My Father's Only Recipe

My Father's Only Recipe By Kim Liao   |  February 22, 2016
First, take pork spare ribs. Hack them up with an impossibly large cleaver into bite-sized pieces. Rub them with a proprietary mix of star anise, black beans, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, and secrets. Never ask him what happened in Taiwan, or why his mother never spoke the name of her former husband again.
Keywords: beautiful things  |   11 comments

Stay With Me Awhile (repeat)

Stay With Me Awhile (repeat) By Gina Williams   |  February 15, 2016
In honor of Valentine's Day, please enjoy this selection from the Beautiful Things archives....
Keywords: beautiful things

Book Prize Winner is Rosemary McGuire

Book Prize Winner is Rosemary McGuire February 9, 2016
The winner of this year's Nonfiction Book Prize is Rosemary McGuire. Her memoir entitled "Out West: A Season on Water" is a coming of age tale set in the Alaskan fishing industry.

Waiting for Owls

Waiting for Owls By Mark Liebenow   |  February 8, 2016
Evening returns to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the land cools. Day follows the sun across the valley floor and up into the mountains in the west. Birds settle down for the night.
Keywords: nature  |   6 comments

Legacy of Lobotomy

Legacy of Lobotomy By Denise Wilkinson   |  February 4, 2016
Janet Sternburg grew up in a tight-knit, lower-middle-class Jewish family, in Boston, the niece of a lobotomised uncle and aunt.

Back Aisles

Back Aisles By Ashley Hutson   |  February 1, 2016
The library building was my body like your children are your body, like your spouse is your body. Its wood and glass grew out of my chest. It came with a key and code.
Keywords: library  |   4 comments

The Art of the Drought

The Art of the Drought By Catherine Rankovic   |  January 25, 2016
The art of the drought is to reduce all things to their outlines. Leaves fall. Plants skeletonize. Dry outlines of worms and lizards, victims of the heat, are marked on the asphalt.

Each and Both

Each and Both January 19, 2016
Garth Evans and Leila Philip's Water Rising calls to mind the way Merce Cunningham and John Cage worked side by side while living together as life partners. Cunningham and Cage joined dance and music by intentional collaborative chance. How do you produce a work of art that exists in two minds and media yet is created independently and concurrently? Somehow, Garth Evans and Leila Philip, who are married, have done this -- and more.

The Begonia is Blooming

The Begonia is Blooming By Danielle Harms   |  January 18, 2016
You leave home. You move in and out of apartments in faraway places. None have a yard, and you dream about the green spaces of your childhood, where cottonwood floated between trees and covered the screen porch like a fleece. Then you move to the English Basement with a brick patio. You fill it with potted plants. Your begonia becomes a riot of pink petals. You touch its waxy leaves. It makes you feel wild again. It makes you feel more whole.

Sewing Notions

Sewing Notions By Karen Zey   |  January 11, 2016
After the funeral, my sister spreads the contents of our mother’s wooden sewing box across the kitchen table. Mom gave up sewing as she faded in old age, but she clung to these bits and bobs. We gaze at the jumbled spools of thread, loops of white elastic and packets of seam binder in yellowed cellophane. I spot the jar of odd buttons, a nest of tiny jewels from the past.

Recovery

Recovery By Maria Jerinic   |  January 4, 2016
Construction resumes in my Las Vegas neighborhood. The trauma of recession recedes. Now pick-up trucks, cranes and other wheeled monstrosities I cannot name block the streets as custom homes begin to take shape. "That's great" people say. "Just think of your property values." "No more of those ugly empty lots." Except that I love those lots...

Visitation

Visitation By Kelsey E. Moore   |  December 28, 2015
On the porch, under a Blood Moon, our fire is dying down, so we wear wool blankets over our shoulders. We’re drinking cider warmed in a pan on the stove, splashed into mugs with whiskey. This cold is still new, still exhilarating; the season is shifting, like the roll of a wave against your body. Out across the salt marsh, somewhere deep in the pines, the coyotes begin to howl. It is a sound that is hard not to love, even as it ripples through you, awakening a fear that sleeps at the base of your spine.

The Natural Resonant Frequency of Glass

The Natural Resonant Frequency of Glass By Meg Senuta   |  December 21, 2015
We lingered after dinner in a cavernous ill-lit restaurant that was empty, except for my husband and me, and our two young boys, and a couple who were seated far on the other side of the room. Warm and full, we were in no hurry to suit up for winter, which waited outdoors.

Interruptions

Interruptions By Sheldon Lawrence   |  December 14, 2015
Seek stillness. Close your eyes, relax in the lotus position, and breathe deeply. But hold on tight. Search every corner of the cosmos and you find only a universe in motion.

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