The July/August issue is live! Inside, you’ll find essays and flash CNF such as: “Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, Missouri” by Dawn-Michelle Baude, “A Very Good Liar” by Erin Branning, “Sharp” by Vanessa Chan, “11,000 People Lying Facedown on the Burnside Bridge” by Benjamin McPherson Ficklin, “Warsaw Ghetto Boy” by Sharon Goldman, and more. See more content at the Mag Stand.
“It’s the best writing conference you’ve ever attended, in book form!”
Books by HippoCampus is excited to announce the publication of an anthology inspired by HippoCamp, an annual nonfiction conference, dedicated to writing creative nonfiction and what it means to be a writer who tells true stories.
Getting to the Truth: The Craft and Practice of Creative Nonfiction, edited by Rae Pagliarulo and Donna Talarico, is set to be released on August 11 and will be available for pre-orders on July 5. It features 20+ craft essays offering thoughtful insights from some of the highest rated HippoCamp speakers. It also features wise writers behind some of Hippocampus Magazine‘s most-read craft columns.
Speaking of HippoCamp, they have released the full schedule for this year’s conference set to to take place August 13-15 in Lancaster, PA. As of this writing, there are only 80 spots currently available.
If you haven’t heard about HippoCamp before, it is geared toward creative nonfiction writers of all skill levels and backgrounds and is formatted “in the style of a professional development, industry conference.” They feature solo presenters passionate about their topics rather than panel discussions. There you can hone your craft, explore publishing options, and find ways to balance your writing and real life while meeting new friends to learn from and share with.
This year’s conference will take place August 13-15, 2021.
They offer additional pre-conference workshops you can apply to as well as add-ons, like book sale space. As of this writing there are 102 spots remaining, so if you’re interested in nonfiction and learning more and honing your craft, don’t forget to register soon.
We’re excited to share a new issue of Hippocampus Magazine with you. The May-June 2021 was released last week and is now at the Mag Stand. Inside, you’ll find work by Brian Benson, Rachel Bunting, K.B. Carle, Chapin Cimino, Hailey Rose Hanks, Stuart Horwitz, Gwen L. Martin, Stephanie Parent, Abigail Rose, Paul Rousseau, Kate Sheridan, Claire Sicherman, and SJ Sindu.
Catherine Young’s essay, “In That River I Saw Him Again,” published online in November 2020 by Hippocampus Magazine, reads like a coal train passing by you. It is full of glimpses of beauty and wonder, as well as the past, with a poetic through line that moves like the “shadows” Young describes. Using the imagery of coal trains from her childhood, photographs, and early motion pictures, Young’s essay wonders at the idea of memory, of life, and of those lost in her childhood.
The central question running through this essay is, “What can the heart remember?” Young invites readers to discover an answer with her as moving pictures first allow her father to come alive once more, and then ultimately, her uncle. Young’s writing offers a unique and engaging perspective on the life of memory.
What engaged me most as a reader was this piece’s inventive use of engaging imagery and repetition of poetic meditations. The reading experience mirrored that of a train passing or of the flicker of the early motion picture. The flashes of ideas flowed together in a truly unforgettable piece.
“In That River I Saw Him Again” by Catherine Young. Hippocampus Magazine, November 2020.
Reviewer bio: Kelsie Peterson is completing her last semester at Utah State University and will graduate with her MS in English.
The March-April 2021 issue of Hippocampus Magazine is now at the Mag Stand, and it’s full of CNF goodness for you, including work by Scott Bane, Paul Crenshaw, Bethany Kaylor, Anya Liftig, Francisco Martinezcuello, Tiffany Mathewson, Sheila Monaghan, Jim Ross, Michelle Strausbaugh, Kareem Tayyar, and Lish Troha. Also in this issue: a book review by Emily Dillon, a craft essay by Michelle Levy, and Robin Wheeler on “Going Mobile.”
The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (aka AWP) will have their annual conference and book fair this year and it will be completely virtual. Hippocampus Magazine an Books will be participating. Besides being available during regular Book Fair hours, they are hosting two author meet and greets. The first is with Rebecca Fish Ewan on Friday, March 5 from 4-5:30 PM EST. The second is with Sam Chiarelli on Saturday, March 6 from 2-3:30 PM EST. You can even pick up some virtual AWP-exclusive downloads and enter to win swag at their virtual booth.
If you aren’t a subscriber to their newsletter yet, what are you waiting for? They hope to announce an official update soon about their annual creative nonfiction conference HippoCamp. Plus, you can keep on top of the latest issues of the journal as well as cool events they host, like their recent Doodles & Discussion with Rebecca Fish Ewan.
We’re excited to bring you the first issue of the year! The January-February 2021 edition features 14 pieces of creative nonfiction; our selection of essays and flash CNF includes: Sayuri Ayers, Chris J. Bahnsen, Jessica Power Braun, Emily Cluff, and more. See a full contributor list at the Mag Stand.
For the last issue of 2020 we’re continuing to feature our Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction winner, runner-up, and finalist stories. You can find these at the Mag Stand. Also, in celebration of our Pushcart and Best of the Net nominees, this month’s content also elevates a few of our favorite archived stories back to the homepage.
Hippocampus, the online literary magazine devoted to memorable creative nonfiction, has announced the winner of its 2020 Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction.
Claire O’Brien’s essay “Dead Weight” was selected by guest judge Janna Marlies Maron as the grand prize winner.
The runner-up an finalists are:
- “The New Pretty” by Nicole Graev Lipson (runner-up)
- “Exodus” by Darby Shea Williams
- “The Honey Bucket” by Laura Joyce-Hubbard
- “I’ll Be Seeing You: A Black Women Travels in 2017” by DW McKinney
- Say You Want to Live and Be Beautiful” by Lori Jakiela
You can read the winning piece, runner-up, and finalists in the November 2020 issue online now.
We’re thrilled to announce the winner of our 2020 contest (Claire O’Brien’s essay “Dead Weight”), as well as to share all six finalist stories—and more great CNF content—with you in our November issue. Our runner-up and finalists: Nicole Graev Lipson (runner-up), Shea Williams, Laura Joyce-Hubbard, DW McKinney, and Lori Jakiela. See more contributors at the Mag Stand.