Creative Nonfiction

Caryn Cardello – Big and Fine

Hugh Martin – Beautiful Machine


Caroline Chavatel – Of the Ring: The Marvelous Mabel Stark

Alexandria Hall – Landscape with Things

Ryan Choi & Sanki Saitō –  “Three Demons” Series VII

Chris Forhan – Novice

Jennifer Militello – identifying the pathogen
the lab

Esther Lin – Here Begins a New Life

James Longenbach – Since August

Michael Mlekoday – After

Dennison Ty Schultz – It Was Missouri.September.I
Cubist Self-Portrait :: Un/named

Martha E. Snell – Update

Skyler Osborne – The Neighborhood

Mira Rosenthal – Mythology

scrap of notebook paper held by pink tape
black and yellow lines and bees over page of text


Charlotte Rutty – Triangulation

Jad Josey — Everything Eventually

Stephen Tuttle — Keepers of Bees

Anurag Andra — Birdsong

Michael Holt — The Sky at Night

Alix Ohlin — Development

Michael Martone — Four Tales from Winesburg, Indiana

Where We’re At

Chris Vanjonack – A Survey of the Landscape

Editor: Jodee Stanley

Creative Nonfiction Editor: Christopher Kempf

Poetry Editor: Corey Van Landingham

Assistant Editors: Cole Piedimonte, Emmilea O’Toole, Azlan Smith

Editorial Assistants: Amanda Bales, K. James D’Agostino, Madeline Furlong, Liz Harms, Chelsea Hill, Erin Hoffman, Brett Ashley Kaplan, Weston Morrow, Alixandra Shuger, Chris Vanjonack, Isaac Willis

Editor-at-Large: Philip Graham

Advisory Board: Amy Sayre Baptista, Traci Brimhall, James Brunton, Lindsey Drager, Matthew Minicucci, Marcus Wicker

Template Design: Natalie F. Smith

Support at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Creative Writing Program

Department of English

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

Individual Sponsors


Delysa Burnier
Alma Gottlieb and Philip Graham
John Hall, M.D. and Sarah Knox, M.D.

Rev. Charles Matz

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