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Kerry Folan

November 20, 2015
Kerry Folan's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Hippocampus, and The Butter, among other publications. She is currently a second-year MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at George Mason University.
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Robert Long Foreman

November 20, 2015
Robert Long Foreman is from Wheeling, West Virginia. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared most recently in Copper Nickel, Redivider, Booth, The Utne Reader, Fourth Genre, and the 2014 Pushcart anthology. He is The Cossack Review’s Fiction Editor, and he teaches creative writing and literature at Rhode Island College.
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Shannon Huffman Polson

November 20, 2015
Shannon Huffman Polson is the author of North of Hope: A Daughter’s Arctic Journey as well as essays in Cirque Journal, High Country News, Alaska and Seattle magazines, Huffington Post, and Ruminate Magazine, where her work was given honorable mention in the 2015 VanderMey Prize for Nonfiction. Her current project about mythology, community, and pathfinding is based on her experience as one of the Army’s first women attack helicopter pilots.
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Shanley Jacobs

November 20, 2015
Shanley Jacobs’ poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in Blackbird, Gulf Coast, The Helen Burns Poetry Anthology: Best New Voices from the Academy of American Poets University & College Prizes (1998-2009), and Tampa Review. She is a recipient of a Catherine and Joan Byrne Academy of American Poets Prize, a fellowship to Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a 2014 AWP Intro Journals Project Award in Nonfiction. She is an MFA candidate at the University of San Francisco and has her MFA in Poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Catalina Ouyang

November 20, 2015
Catalina Ouyang is a visual artist and writer based in St. Louis, where she and her partner enjoy unimaginably cheap rent. She was the recipient of the 2015 CURA Prize for her short story “Third Sister.” Her visual work has been exhibited in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Annapolis, and Florence. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2015.
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Katherine Robb

November 20, 2015
Katherine Robb is a writer and attorney. Her writing has been published in Blue Fifth Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal, the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Hobart (online), Jenny, Tincture Journal, New York University Annual Survey of American Law, and Taconic Press. She recently finished her first novel.
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Nathan Thornburgh

November 20, 2015
Nathan Thornburgh is a former musician, former traveling salesman, and former foreign correspondent with TIME Magazine. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Roads & Kingdoms (voted American's Best Travel Journalism site by the Society of American Travel Writers).
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Joe Wilkins

November 20, 2015
Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, winner of a 2014 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs.
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Here's What Happens

Here's What Happens By Catherine Klatzker   |  November 16, 2015
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU’RE WAITING FOR MORE TEST RESULTS FOR THE SUSPICIOUS SHADOW ON YOUR HUSBAND’S CHEST X-RAY: You give money to homeless people who say they want food. You stick around to talk to them when they seem lonely. You allow those drivers in traffic who are in such a rush to cut in ahead of you. You admit it’s not death that makes you shrivel into yourself and brings up those old whimpering voices pleading for safety; it’s dread of that conversation, of giving permission to one’s life partner to take that journey alone, without you.

Volume 17 Number 1

Volume 17 Number 1 November 9, 2015
featuring the writing of Stephen Benz, Jill Christman, Karen Dietrich, Tom Fate, Kerry Folan, Robert Long Foreman, Shannon Huffman Polson, Shanley Jacobs, Catalina Ouyang, Katherine Robb, Nathan Thornburgh, and Joe Wilkins.
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In Perilous Times

In Perilous Times By Tami Mohamed Brown   |  November 9, 2015
The Frank Lloyd Wright calendar hangs askew on your cubicle wall, the citrus skylights of July turning right angles into August in an attempt to create unity on a Tuesday morning when you’re wearing stripes and your socks don’t match. Your feet rest on a coil of cords that tangle dangerously under the desk and your coffee cup sits too close to the keyboard without a cover. You shoot a rubber band at a window not meant to open. It’s eleven in the morning and you’ve already eaten lunch. These are signs that we are living in perilous times.

Something Sweet

Something Sweet By Andrea Fisk Rotterman   |  November 2, 2015
I walk the farm of my childhood in search of the sugar maple. I want to trace the brown bark, slide my fingers down its furrows, roll its needle leaf points between my fingers. Beside me, Belle, my dad’s foxhound, holds her noble head high. She catches a scent, shifts into the prairie grass. I wear a light jacket. It’s early April. Forty degrees. Cold north air is losing ground to the surge of warmer southern currents. The sugar maple stands on a ridge alongside the old tobacco barn.

Loosen Up

Loosen Up By Kate Hopper   |  November 1, 2015
A couple of months ago, I curled up in chair in the corner of my living room to begin reading Dinty Moore's latest book, Dear Mister Essay Writer Guy: Advice and Confessions on Writing, Love, and Cannibals. The book, as you can probably guess from the title, is a writing guide in the form of an advice column. In it Moore fields tongue-in-cheek questions from 20 contemporary essayists on topics such as grammar, the writing life, why so many writers write about writing, and how to recapture the humor of a cocktail party story without having to get drunk again.

Editor's Notes, Volume 17, Number 1

Editor's Notes, Volume 17, Number 1 By Joe Mackall   |  October 30, 2015
One day last spring my co-editor, Dan Lehman, and I were emailing back and forth--with me in Ohio and Dan in Taiwan--discussing River Teeth and a writer we were excited to be publishing in this issue. And then Dan said something that knocked me flat: “He reminds me of the late Charles Bowden.” I had not known about Chuck’s death until that second, and I still don’t know how I could have missed the news. Chuck Bowden died on August 30, 2014, at the age of sixty-nine. Too damn young. Too damn soon.

For the Birds

For the Birds By Anjoli Roy   |  October 26, 2015
Birds keep getting lost in my living room. It’s my fault, for leaving the doors open. For answering the knock of valley wind so strong it rips posters off the walls, comes pounding, shaking our wood-framed house with big fists, demanding to be let in. When they come, they’re puffed up in aerial flight, thinking they’ve found a new throughway from the construction site next door to the chicken coop on the other side of our house, only to thump-thump-thump their clavicle-breaking thump against ocean-view windows that just stand there, rude as a closed door.


Cold By Kate Hopper   |  October 19, 2015
On the hottest days in San Vicente, I sit on the front porch of my host family’s house, sweat dripping from under my arms, dust turning to mud on my salt-streaked legs. I watch the heat shimmer up from the dirt road, dissolving into blue sky. On these days, I long for snow, hunger after the numbing cold of January in Minnesota.


Mercy By Lisa K. Buchanan   |  October 12, 2015
The Italian museum had a gory multitude of blood-streaked Jesuses. But in one immense painting, he was flanked by two anonymous thieves--palms nailed, faces obscured, genitals exposed, legs cudgeled by a guard to speed their deaths. In the crowded gallery, I tried to ignore the pointy elbows of audio-tourists, the smells of cranky feet, the eye-splitting camera flash of a stealth rule-breaker--until a museum guard in brass buttons and crisp trousers stood accusingly before me.

Podcast Interview with Glen Stout & Jeremy Collins

Podcast Interview with Glen Stout & Jeremy Collins By Matt Tullis   |  October 12, 2015
This episode of Gangrey: The Podcast features Glen Stout, long form editor of SB Nation and Jeremy Collins who was featured in this year's Best American Sports Writing.


Ripple By Magin LaSov Gregg   |  October 5, 2015
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. "That’s Big Rock," he says. I know Big Rock from a story he has told me, a strand of his story now interwoven with mine. I know my father, as a boy, stood on Big Rock, while neighborhood boys stood across from him, on a narrow cliff ledge, and hurled rocks at him.

An Inner Exuberance

An Inner Exuberance By Thomas Larson   |  October 1, 2015
With this review, River Teeth begins an occasional series of essays on nonfiction books we believe deserve to be read, whether again or for the first time. We are calling it "Neglected Nonfiction Classics." One of the most poignant, absorbing autobiographical memoirs I’ve ever read is this gem from 1943, The Little Locksmith.

Podcast Interview with Kim Cross and Karen Bender

Podcast Interview with Kim Cross and Karen Bender By Matt Tullis   |  September 30, 2015
On this episode of Gangrey: The Podcast, Matt Tullis talks with Kim Cross, author of What Stands In a Storm: Three Days in the Worst Superstorm To Hit the South's Tornado Alley; and with fiction writer Karen Bender, author of the short story collection Refund, which is long-listed for a National Book Award. In "Required Reading," Dave Stark offers his thoughts on J.R. Moehringer’s The Tender Bar.

Resting Place

Resting Place By Kate Levin   |  September 28, 2015
When we arrive at daycare, I step out of the car and close my door gently, hoping not to startle my son awake. As I open the back door to retrieve him from his car seat, I see the bird.

Best American Essays Notables 2015

Best American Essays Notables 2015 September 22, 2015
Congratulations to this year's BAE Notables, originally published in River Teeth!


Hawk By Claudia Geagan   |  September 21, 2015
Alone, I stare down the wide notch behind my house where the mountain to the east rolls inward to the west, and the western mountain rolls inward to the east till at last the two converge. A thousand feet below, a ground fog grays the Piedmont, but the sun has risen quite high and the thermals bend the spring-green hardwoods. These are worn mountains, the last mounds of the Southern Appalachians.

Podcast Interview with Tyler Cabot

Podcast Interview with Tyler Cabot By Matt Tullis   |  September 16, 2015
This week's episode features Tyler Cabot, an articles editor for Esquire Classic, which now includes access to every issue Esquire has ever published. Cabot talks about finding new ways to tell and sell stories. Plus, host Matt Tullis shares his nonfiction narrative "The Ghosts I Run With." And in Required Reading, freelance writer D. Rossi tells us why we should all read Brian Ives’ piece “How Bruce Springsteen Got His Groove Back."

Dress Up

Dress Up By Peter Witte   |  September 14, 2015
We were having drinks at a friend's house when my two-year-old entered the room, pantless, sans diaper. Whenever his older sister and her friends played dress up, he'd get silly and play dress down. But this time he was red-faced and crying. I excused myself, brought him to the other room.


Duet By Gail Folkins   |  September 7, 2015
On a dirt road behind a Midwest farmhouse, John and I walk between last year's corn stalks and the soybeans to come. Although spring appeared in the form of a printed milestone on the calendar, the wind clips and scatters spoken words.

Here's One for the Bookstores

Here's One for the Bookstores By Samantha Schoech   |  September 1, 2015
Each writer in Days Like This responded to the prompt, “My _________ From Hell.” Each essay or story, in turn, depicts the epiphany that comes in the midst of a day from hell. Or a job from hell. Or a girlfriend, an amputation, an acne problem from hell so severe that it drives you to snort heroin in your father’s basement. This, fill in the blank, was the absolute worst. And this is where the writer ended up, afterwards.

Conference Speakers' Essays Appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies

Conference Speakers' Essays Appear in Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies September 1, 2015
Steven Harvey, Ana Maria Spagna, and Sarah M. Wells's essays related to their presentations at the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference are included in the current issue of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.

August Garden

August Garden By Gloria Nixon-John   |  August 31, 2015
My August garden has changed overnight, like a middle-aged woman looking into a mirror, asking, When did that happen, or how did this happen so soon?

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