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2020 spotlights: nonfiction
WTP Nonfiction Spoltights
On Viruses and Angels
In a reflection on a COVID-19 scare, Richard Hoffman explores our understanding of viruses, health, and spirituality.
Oh You Can’t Get To Heaven
Excerpts from Bruce Murphy’s memoir in progress, “Oh You Can’t Get to Heaven,” appear in WTP Vol. X #6.
An American Writer in Australia
Ex-pat author and poet David Mason reflects on his relationship with America through the memories of a cross-country tour with his wife.
A Birth Primer
Gary Fincke’s essay on a couple approaching childbirth and the journey of pregnancy appears in WTP Vol. X #1.
The Very Last Interview
In an excerpt from his book The Very Last Interview, David Shields interrogates himself with archival interview transcripts from his career.
Learning to Let Go
Kirsten Lillegard’s nonfiction from WTP Vol. IX #5 details her journey learning to let go as her daughter enters her freshman year of college.
Philip Lawton’s personal essay, “Learning by Heart,” from June’s Woven Tale Press magazine.
Robert D. Kirvel
Robert D. Kirvel’s essay explores the human condition and why popular views are so often factually incorrect.
Grief First Experienced
Kayla Lutes’s short story “Lilacs in Memoriam” appears in November’s Woven Tale Press Vol. VII #9
“The View from Senator Street” by Lisa Sinnett tells a story of domestic violence, class difference, and friendship during a Detroit childhood. From WTP Vol. VII #8.
“One large apple a day, one sleeve of graham crackers, a run across the city, a marathon walk in the afternoon, jump-rope drills, and still: I’d stare into the mirror and not see beauty. Beauty refused me.”
“Hiding,” creative nonfiction by Sandell Morse, appears in WTP Vol. VII #1. Read her essay on her grappling with Jewish history and identity.
Read “The Ban,” a short memoir piece from Dean Kostos featured in WTP Vol. VI #9.
Literary Spotlight: Dian Parker
Dian Parker’s short story “Otre Vez,” from WTP Vol. VI #6.
Literary Spotlight: Cynthia Close
Cynthia Close’s personal essay explores the loss of her mother and family ties.
Literary Spotlight: Paul Corrigan
Fishing, alcohol, and World War II in Paul Corrigan’s piece from Vol. V #9.
Literary Spotlight: Joan Frank
Why travel? Joan Frank’s piece, from WTP Vol. V #8, highlights the little-known reasons why not.
Literary Spotlight: John Skoyles
In an excerpt from Contributing Editor John Skoyles’s book The Nut File, Skoyles relates a series of quirky anecdotes from his own nut file.
Literary Spotlight: J.D. Scrimgeour
J.D. Scrimgeour takes his sons on a visit to his alma mater in his personal essay “Columbia Elegy,” appearing in WTP Vol. V #5.
Literary Spotlight: Stephen Davenport
“We were eager to live vicariously the experiences they would have preferred never to have had.” Stephen Davenport, “Too Young for World War II.”
Literary Spotlight: DeWitt Henry
“Along with the individual, whole populations, otherwise submerged or marginalized, can be voiced as literature.” DeWitt Henry, “On Voice.”
Literary Spotlight: Erin Wood
Erin Wood’s “Tissues: A Scar Story” is a short piece of memoir reflecting on the premature birth of her daughter, her own experience with health, and storytelling.