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Why We're Here: River Teeth Nonfiction Conference 2015

Why We're Here: River Teeth Nonfiction Conference 2015 By Sarah Wells   |  May 21, 2015
One week out from the River Teeth conference, conference director Sarah M. Wells reflects on why we gather for writers' conferences.

Podcast Interview with Brooke Jarvis

Podcast Interview with Brooke Jarvis By Matt Tullis   |  May 20, 2015
Matt Tullis interviews Brooke Jarvis, longform narrative and environmental journalist. Jarvis discusses recent stories about the oil industry in Ecuador and deep sea mining.

Taking an Art Class

Taking an Art Class By Kelley Rossier   |  May 18, 2015
We are given a project to do. Here are the parameters. Lines parallel. Lines perpendicular. Clear relationships. Mass, plane, line. No diagonals. I put the safety glasses on. I cut the wood. I use the joiner. I plane the wood. I glue the pieces together. I use clamps on every side. Make sure there is no give.

Tiny Purple Flowers

Tiny Purple Flowers By Sarah Broderick   |  May 11, 2015
My mother stands at the grocery store counter. Tiny purple flowers rest tucked behind her ear. They have wilted as we walked through the aisles, comparing prices per ounce and coupons to sales. Now, the flower petals are withered balls of lint. They droop down on spindly stems as dry and thin as discarded threads. "Isn't my mommy pretty?" I say. I plucked those lavender stars, clusters that sprout from the cow pies that litter our fields, especially for her.

It's About Time

It's About Time By Janice Gary   |  May 5, 2015
On the first page of Ongoingness, Sarah Manguso tells us that she started keeping a diary because she didn’t want to lose anything. So she wrote—800,000 words over twenty-five years. But you won’t see a word from those diaries in Ongoingness, The End of a Diary...

Road Warrior

Road Warrior By Kim Todd   |  May 4, 2015
Someday, the newspaper photographer told me as we drove back from the fire, he was going to do a photo essay on all those raptors along the highway. "All the what?" I asked. But just like that, they were everywhere.

First Walk

First Walk By Lisa Hadden   |  April 27, 2015
It is my first walk in the woods, four months after the accident. I insisted. Cautiously hiking the old deer run behind our house, my husband stops, and holds me in a bear hug; chest to chest, heart to heart. This is his way of wordlessly expressing his concern for me on this blustery, wintry January evening in Michigan.

A Walk on Wooded Isle

A Walk on Wooded Isle By Stephanie Friedman   |  April 20, 2015
Spring had been so long in coming. At last tree buds, gray-green and plump, were braving the frigid sunshine. I had left my office in only a thin windbreaker, with just my keycard in my pocket, my cold hands clasping the cuffs of my sleeves. I had intended to circuit the Japanese garden--gravel path, half-moon bridge, stepping stones across the dry pond--then go back to work. Instead I pressed on into the less kempt part of the park.

Fearless Eye

Fearless Eye By Robin Schauffler   |  April 13, 2015
I sat on the plank deck of a house in the forest and shared my watercolors and brushes with my nine-year-old nephew. I painted the chestnut-colored ponderosa pines with their puzzle-piece bark. I painted the blue morning sky and white clouds. My nephew said, "I want to paint that sunset we saw last night!"

River Teeth essay chosen for The Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology

April 13, 2015
Kim Todd's essay "Curious," which appeared in River Teeth issue 15.2, has been chosen for the next edition of The Best American Science and Nature Writing.
Keywords: anthology, award, kim todd

Where Have All the Overmedicated Mermaids Gone?

Where Have All the Overmedicated Mermaids Gone? By Samir Atassi   |  April 6, 2015
Elissa Washuta’s memoir is a twisting, chameleon-like work of reportage, highly poetic at times, showing how cultural forces and tragic events have left their tracks on her body and mind. The search “for an identity to sink into” in a savage, selfish world is at the heart of this book.

Surf Check

Surf Check By Heather Hansman   |  April 6, 2015
November on the coast. Cracking cold and painfully clear. We cram 12 of us in a one-bed cabin on the Quileute reservation, not caring about personal space or what is whose. In the morning we're up as soon as the sun starts to slide its slow half-circle around the horizon. It feels like you can see to Japan if your eyelashes don't freeze shut first. We pour weak coffee, put on puffies, and scramble stiff-legged over the driftwood toward the break.

Letter to a Ladle (Stainless Steel, $18.99, Purchased Three Years Ago)

Letter to a Ladle (Stainless Steel, $18.99, Purchased Three Years Ago) By Matthew Olzmann   |  March 30, 2015
How glorious: the invention of soup! How stunning: the invention of fire to heat the soup! I've watched the water boil. I've witnessed my wife and her designs of scallions and carrots. I've studied the smell of garlic and cayenne pepper. It filled our hallways with the history of our families. Not once--Dear Ladle--did you fail to do the one thing you do.

Highway 13

Highway 13 By Diana Spechler   |  March 23, 2015
"Time after Time" played on the radio, static through icy Colorado. I wished I loved the man I was driving toward the way Cyndi Lauper loved someone once.

Podcast Interview with Brandon Sneed

Podcast Interview with Brandon Sneed By Matt Tullis   |  March 19, 2015
Brandon Sneed wrote the book "Behind the Drive: A Story of Passion, Dreams, Demons, and Highway 55, the World's Next Favorite Burger Joint."

River Teeth at AWP 2015

March 18, 2015
River Teeth's editors are on two panels at this year's AWP conference. We look forward to running into you in Minneapolis!


Fireflies By Jody Keisner   |  March 16, 2015
Up in the air are hundreds of fireflies, like scattering sunlight. We—me and the man I've been seeing—pedal our bicycles through dusk on the Keystone Trail in eastern Nebraska. Neighborhood playgrounds and thickets of trees line either side of the cement pathway.


Grace By Aaron J. Housholder   |  March 9, 2015
"Thank you," I tell the manager, "for taking my order so late." The sizzle of the grill frames my words. "I appreciate it." "Not at all," he says. Sweat curls his hair. "Is a good time. We’re still open."

2014 Book Contest Winner is Angela Morales

2014 Book Contest Winner is Angela Morales March 5, 2015
River Teeth is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Nonfiction Book Prize is Angela Morales. Her collection of essays entitled The Girls in My Town was selected by contest series final judge Cheryl Strayed.

Pushcart Nominations

March 4, 2015
The Board of Contributing Editors for The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (40th Edition) has nominated two essays from River Teeth issues.

Scholarship Deadline Extended to March 15

March 3, 2015
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.

Red Wings

Red Wings By Iris Graville   |  March 2, 2015
A familiar sound breaks through the morning quiet as my dog and I head out for our usual walk alongside a rocky beach and the marsh that drains into it. Without even looking up, I recognize the rhythmic thwap, thwap, thwap overhead. It’s from the main rotor blade of a helicopter, airlifting someone from the rural island where I live to an emergency room on the mainland.

A Son Coming Home

A Son Coming Home By Virginia Taylor   |  March 1, 2015
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. . . . "

Volume 16 Number 2

Volume 16 Number 2 February 27, 2015
featuring the writing of Judith Kitchen, Jacqueline Lyons, Tarn Wilson, Abriana Jetté, Jan Shoemaker, John Patrick Tormey, C. Levison McGuire, Jennifer Lunden, Justin Heckert, Mark H. Massé, Jonathan Hiskes, and Courtney Kersten.
Keywords: 16-2

Justin Heckert

February 27, 2015
Justin Heckert’s nonfiction stories have appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Grantland, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, Oxford American, Indianapolis Monthly, and Atlanta, among other publications; one of those stories was recently anthologized in the collection Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists. He has twice been named Writer of the Year by the City and Regional Magazine Association. Heckert lives near downtown Indianapolis with his wife, Amanda, and dog, Cooper.
Keywords: 16-2

Jonathan Hiskes

February 27, 2015
Jonathan Hiskes works in communications at the University of Washington. He is a father, a husband, a lazy gardener, a wistful hiker, and a former staff writer at Grist, Sustainable Industries, and the Brown County (Ind.) Democrat. His writing has appeared in The Sun, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Books & Culture, The Other Journal, The Mennonite, Geez, Portland Business Journal, Seattle Weekly, and elsewhere.
Keywords: 16-2

Abriana Jetté

February 27, 2015
Abriana Jetté is an internationally published poet, essayist, and educator from Brooklyn, New York. She earned an MFA from Boston University, where she was a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow, and an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature from Hofstra University, where she graduated with distinction. Her work has appeared in The Iron Horse Literary Review, Poetry Quarterly, The Moth, and many other places, and she is the editor of 50 Whispers: Poems by Extraordinary Women, which debuted as a #1 best-seller in women’s poetry. She teaches for St. John’s University and the City University of New York.
Keywords: 16-2

Courtney Kersten

February 27, 2015
Courtney Kersten’s essays has previously appeared in DIAGRAM, The Masters Review, and Sweet. She currently studies at the University of Idaho’s MFA program in Creative Writing.
Keywords: 16-2

Judith Kitchen

February 27, 2015
Judith Kitchen is the author of three collections of essays (most recently Half in Shade, Coffee House Press), a novel, a collection of poetry, and a critical study. In addition, she edited or co-edited three collections of short nonfiction pieces for W. W. Norton (with another collection forthcoming entitled Brief Encounters), an anthology of poetry, and a collection of literary interviews. What Persists, a selection of thirty years of her Georgia Review poetry reviews, will be released soon from University of Georgia Press. Her awards include a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the Lillian Fairchild Award, and the S. Mariella Gable Award. She served as judge for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Nonfiction Award, the Pushcart Prize in poetry, the Oregon Book Awards, and the Bush Foundation Fellowships, among others. She lived in Port Townsend, WA, until her death in November 2014.
Keywords: 16-2, 2-1, 8-1

C. Levison McGuire

February 27, 2015
In spring of 2014, C. Levison McGuire served as the writer-in-residence for Croatia’s Zvona i Nari Library and Literary Retreat and Serbia’s Balkankult. Her work has appeared in Redivider, Ninth Letter, and Passages North, and she is currently at work on a collection of essays.
Keywords: 16-2

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