The Parts

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Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz Winner, 2014 Creative Nonfiction Award  Jaime Bennati APRIL It’s early April, and my tummy is still a valley. By the summer, it will be a bunny hill. By mid-fall, a mountain. It’s not so much the stretching or the puking of it, or even the labor, or the end of my life. I mostly…

Oscillation

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Sayantani Dasgupta Runner-Up, 2014 Creative Nonfiction Award  Jaime Bennati I. When I was nine years old, I read Swiss Family Robinson, and it exploded my imagination. At that time, my family and I lived in a middle-class neighborhood in New Delhi, the capital city of India, far, far removed from the social and cultural milieu of…

Forensic Biography and the Art of the Screenwriter

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Ray Shea [paper]Here is one thing I do know: I didn’t write down enough of this when it was happening, and now there is nobody I can ask. This is why I am trying to piece together, from the available evidence, what was going on in my head and in my dad’s life on the…

Aspiration

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Anna B. Sutton The nurse is small, chubby and folded over the desk like laundry folded then forgotten. She’s wearing worn pink scrubs and frameless glasses under a bowl-cut of thinning brown curls. She likes me. I hand her my HIV questionnaire, the one the receptionist asked me to print out and complete before my…
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