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Mirror Image: A Diptych by Rowan McCandless

Subject: 1955 Wandering through Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, I discovered an unframed oil painting of a young girl about the age of six or seven. She was on the ground, leaning against a wooden table leg at one of the booths selling vintage ephemera collected from God knows where. I picked up the portrait, took… Continue reading Mirror Image: A Diptych by Rowan McCandless

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Captured in Black & White: A Diptych by Rachel Laverdiere

All because I clicked the shutter at that precise moment. For an eternity, the sun casts shadows that accentuate the angles hidden beneath the baby-soft curves—almond eyes, sharp cheekbones, a refined nose, and a strong, square jaw. An old artifact that belonged to your father—your great-aunt’s Fuji camera—snapped a frame, this moment, in our history.… Continue reading Captured in Black & White: A Diptych by Rachel Laverdiere

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Fox and Woman: A Diptych by Carolyn Moore

1     Woman Knees bent into spring grass, lime-handled trowel turning soft black earth. Gloved hand dropping a seed here, a seedling there. This is what he sees even if he cannot say. She sees the other just as she is seen: a red fox trotting close by a woman turned from her digging. For a… Continue reading Fox and Woman: A Diptych by Carolyn Moore

creative writing, personal essays

Diptych 1: Iconoclasts

Thirteen inches of agony, drops of blood painstakingly painted on side wound, wrists and ankles. I couldn’t keep that gory cross—my exact words to Rachelle, who laughed—but also couldn’t recall seeing a religious item donated to the local thrift shop. My mother reminded me it was blessed. Still, I wrapped grandma’s crucifix in tissue paper… Continue reading Diptych 1: Iconoclasts

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Getting to the truth of our stories: A conversation with Karen Zey

  "Emergent writers need to keep asking themselves: what can I eliminate, what can I expand, what can I rework to get to the heartbeat of my story. Writing creative nonfiction is, after all, heart work." Today I'll be wrapping up my series of interviews on truthtelling and CNF with CNF Outlier alumna, Karen Zey.… Continue reading Getting to the truth of our stories: A conversation with Karen Zey

creative writing, personal essays, writer interview

Truth, myth, metaphor: A conversation with Isaac Yuen

"The world is not an easy place, and sometimes it is scary, and in order for stories to have staying power, they must be true enough to reflect that complexity and darkness, out there and in ourselves." Isaac Yuen is a prolific writer of short stories and personal essays that explore nature, culture, and identity. His… Continue reading Truth, myth, metaphor: A conversation with Isaac Yuen