Exploring the art of prose



Image shows a white door on a green garage slashed with sunlight; title card for the 2022 CNFA editors' choice selection, "Tatuajes," by Rubén Degollado.

Tatuajes by Rubén Degollado

June 7, 2023

  Indiana, in our cold one-car garage, motes of dust falling sideways, the sunlight diffused by the snow covering the ground outside, and we watched Apá working the punching bag, his untaped fists flashing with each swing. Behind my brother…

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Image shows a red film reel coming unspooled on a white background; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "My Anesthesiologist," by Cynthia Adam Prochaska.

My Anesthesiologist by Cynthia Adam Prochaska

May 17, 2023

  Content Warning—miscarriage   I see my anesthesiologist at the movies and it surprises me in the way that seeing someone outside the setting you know them does. There is a prick of recognition and then my mind scrambles to…

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Image shows a modern office space, mostly white, with a tile floor and exposed ceiling; title card for the new flash essay, "We Had Something Beautiful," by Kathryn Silver-Hajo.

We Had Something Beautiful by Kathryn Silver-Hajo

May 10, 2023

  We were agents of change. We wrote about how hugging, laughter, and kissing can lengthen your life. Warned that toxins in commercial cosmetics seep surreptitiously through nails and pores. We advocated ditching pesticides and gardening with beneficial nematodes instead.…

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Image shows several busses lined up in a row against a blue-sky background; title card for the new prose poem, (up to now separately), by KC Trommer.

(up to now separately) by KC Trommer

April 5, 2023

  “Maintenance is a drag; it takes all the fucking time.” —Mierle Laderman Ukeles, MANIFESTO! MAINTENANCE ART 1969! Proposal for an Exhibition, “CARE” (1969)   MONDAY socks and shoes socks and shoes socks and shoes Taking all the fucking time,…

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Image displays a crowded kitchen with a window view of another apartment building; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "Imagining Mother, an American Exorcism," by A. Sandosharaj.

Imagining Mother, an American Exorcism by A. Sandosharaj

March 15, 2023

  1. When my mother first came to the United States in the 1970s, she was disappointed by the treeless tenements my father brought her to. She had grown up on a bustling island beach in what was then called…

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Image shows multiple intersecting walkways in front of glass skyscrapers; title card for the new flash creative nonfiction essay, "Walkable City," by Miriam Gershow.

Walkable City by Miriam Gershow

March 8, 2023

  He was standing at the corner where we met every morning to walk to work because we were young and carless. I had gotten on a train and moved 2,000 miles for a walkable city. He had always lived…

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Photograph depicts a wooden spiral staircase framed by a white banister; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "Intrinsic Spin: A Story of Vertigo," by Anna Leahy.

Intrinsic Spin: A Story of Vertigo by Anna Leahy

February 22, 2023

  Here’s a secret about movement: speed cares only about distance, but velocity is aware of direction. Here’s another secret about movement: every living creature on this planet is moving fast. But the body tricks us into not noticing the…

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Image is a photograph that depicts a silhouette of a mountain and two palm trees in front of a stormy background; title card for the new flash creative nonfiction essay, "Home Like This," by Amanda Whitehurst.

Home Like This by Amanda Whitehurst

February 1, 2023

  Content Warning—self-harm and/or suicide attempt   When I visit from the states my cousin Marco becomes wind. In the car to the restaurant where our mothers wait he’s all curls dancing, all cheeks stretching, speeding so fast I’m sure…

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Image is a photograph of four lit beeswax candles in the dark; title card for the new creative nonfiction essay, "Omnipresence," by Justine Teu.

Omnipresence by Justine Teu

January 25, 2023

  1. The first ghost I ever learn about is God, circa 1998, in a kindergarten classroom in Queens, New York. My parents have sent me to Catholic school not out of religious devotion, or some need for strictness, but…

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Image is a photograph of an armchair in front of curtains; title card for the new flash creative nonfiction, "How to Write About the Body," by Ceridwen Hall.

How to Write About the Body by Ceridwen Hall

January 11, 2023

  The trick is to write about the body without deploying the body, which has been strained by overuse and anyway tends to make objects or corpses of us: the animals in question. And, we are such animals; my sister…

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