November-December 2014 … The Global Online Magazine of Arts, Information & Entertainment … Volume 10, Number 6
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Leslie Heywood


About CNF

In relation to the natural world …

Editor’s Statement

Ragazine’s inaugural creative non-fiction section brings together the kind of writing I would most like to see:  grounded, compelling first-person narration set in a concrete time and place that reflects thematically some way on the human relation to the natural world and the ways we’ve transformed that world, and in the process, transformed ourselves.  Creative non-fiction is an expansive genre that spans narrative history, literary journalism, narrative non-fiction, the personal essay, memoir, and probably many other sub-categories I’m forgetting, but the kind of writing I welcome you to submit to Ragazine should focus on the previously mentioned themes in some broad sense. 

 The writers in this issue, Burns, Guignard, and Beckman, all write about limit experiences:  those times, and places, where they step outside their mundane realities and become something else, something wonderful, pulsing, more fully alive.  From the intense drive of the bicyclist using heart, lungs, and thighs to push himself one more mile to the woman hiking into the wild alone to weather the coming storm as an animal would, to the train yard haunter who has finally made it into the inner circle of the graffiti artists whose canvases are the trains, these pieces are an excursion outside of our daily lives, a trip to different edges where all roads lead back to lives more deeply examined and fully lived.  They are perfect to inaugurate the creative non-fiction section of Ragazine, and stand as the kind of art so many of us would like to live, and write. 

 The editor, Leslie Heywood, is the author of Pretty Good for a Girl:  A Memoir (The Free Press/Simon & Schuster), Natural Selection:  Poems  (Louisiana Literature Press); The Proving Grounds:  Poems (Red Hen Press), and many shorter works of creative non-fiction as well as academic writing.  She is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Binghamton University, and has particular interests in nature and science writing.  She is working on High Wolf Content, a book of creative non-fiction about a woman at a crossroads who travels the country with her wolf to make a choice, writing that includes personal narrative as well as an account of the history of the human/wolf relationship and the theory of human/wolf co-evolution. 

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1 comment

1 Joseph Lindsley { 11.01.09 at 5:27 pm }

The future looks great!
With this kind of outlook much can be done to get personal stories in a world that prefers chaos to order.
Fresh voices are essential to this goal.