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Five Year Mark

It’s been almost five years since my father disowned me. Last night was the first time I’d ever written those words together: My father disowned me. Dis-own, as in not-have. I used …

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#CNF Podcast Episode 43

Check out my conversation with Brendan O’Meara of the #CNF Podcast! We discussed the inspiration behind my latest piece, “Eulogy for an Owl,” (Creative Nonfiction, Fall 2016), and geeked out …

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On the Virtues of Crying: A Graduation Speech

Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program Winter 2014, Freeport, Maine Thank you, Dean Tuchinsky, Justin, Annie, Robin, Stonecoast faculty and staff, friends, families, graduates and distinguished guests.  I am so …

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On the Lyric Essay

In preparation for my recent graduate student presentation on the lyric essay, I came across an array of interesting quotes and ideas about what, exactly, the lyric essay is.  From …

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$10,000 Sustainability Essay Prize Awarded

From creativenonfiction.org: Mary Heather Noble is the winner of the $10,000 first-place prize for Creative Nonfiction’s The Human Face of Sustainability essay contest, sponsored by Arizona State University’s Sustainability Solutions …

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Inspiring Activism with a Soft Touch: Scott Russell Sanders’ Earth Works

Scott Russell Sanders’ Earth Works: Selected Essays is a book of the author’s collected works spanning thirty years of his writing career, and covering a wide range of topics and …

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Vivian Gornick’s Use of Character in Fierce Attachments

Vivian Gornick’s Fierce Attachments is a coarse, unflinching memoir about the complex relationship between the author and her fierce, judgmental mother — and how the intellectual and emotional clashes between …

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Making Science Read Like a Thriller: Use of Fictional Plot Structure

in Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks   Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an immersive journalism work that reveals the history of the first …

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Tracing the DNA of a Story to the Sentence Level: Use of Symbolic Detail in Alfred Kazin’s A Walker in the City

Alfred Kazin’s A Walker in the City is a classic memoir recalling the author’s childhood in Brownsville, the Jewish immigrant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York in the decade before the …

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Using the Cadence of Prose to Heighten Emotional Impact: Meredith Hall’s Without a Map

Meredith Hall’s Without a Map is heartbreaking memoir of a young woman who, upon becoming pregnant at age sixteen, is shunned and betrayed by her loving family and close-knit community.  …

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