Stonecoast Review | Fall 2015 | Creative Nonfiction

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Way-Stops at the House of Pain by Orman Day / Artist: Sara Kirschner

Before I even met you. It was the sixth of June and I had just drank the entire May away. I thought the thirty some days of liquor in my veins had changed me. I feigned buoyancy. I messaged you like the confident seven-year-old me would have done … (continue reading)

Fairly Subtle is a creative nonfiction comic. This is Chapter One in Laura Lee Grover’s upcoming publication, a graphic novel…. (continue reading)

The Migration of Trees by Daniel Hudon / Photo by Sara Kirschner

Big palms with skirts of bleached-out dead foliage around each trunk. Tall, conical, dark green Italian cypresses. Behind us, a willow. And, over the brick platform on which we stood, a nameless, pale-barked one with pendant branches dropping lacy fronds like dark touches of an Eastern painting… (continue reading)

The first time I met Suzanne Strempek Shea, I was standing to the side of a large, dimly-lit reception room in the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine, on the opening night of my first residency in the Stonecoast MFA program.  I clutched a glass of white wine like a security blanket … (continue reading)

If you want to build a Swampscott dory, first buy a set of plans. Go to Mystic Seaport in Connecticut; in the museum there, you’ll find blueprints based on the lines of old wooden dories, the fishing and sailing boats that dotted the Atlantic for centuries. If you’ve never built a dory before, start small…. (continue reading)