WRITING LIFE: Deadlines > Doors: Writing Can Happen Anywhere by Annabelle Tometich

I am sitting on the short end of our sectional couch, a dog to my right, my hard-of-hearing mother to my left, a kid and her iPad on the chair across from me. A rerun of “Modern Family” plays on television, its volume set to barely audible. The closed captions tell us what Gloria is…

REVIEW: The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting by Lee Gutkind.

Review by Christy Moore More than once in his book, The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting: How a Bunch of Rabble-Rousers, Outsiders, and Ne’er-do-wells Concocted Creative Nonfiction, Lee Gutkind protests that he is not and never has been a scholar. His goal is to track creative nonfiction’s evolution from bastard child of journalism to a…

CRAFT: Say “Yes, And”: How the Rules of Improvisation Can Make You a Better Writer

When you hear the word “improv,” what do you think of? Does it conjure an image of a black box theater where you once bought a ticket to see a late night show with topical sketches and Saturday Night Live-esque characters? A team-building game that you painfully had to perform with coworkers at an annual…

CRAFT: Say “Yes, And”: How the Rules of Improvisation Can Make You a Better Writer

When you hear the word “improv,” what do you think of? Does it conjure an image of a black box theater where you once bought a ticket to see a late night show with topical sketches and Saturday Night Live-esque characters? A team-building game that you painfully had to perform with coworkers at an annual…

INTERVIEW: Penny Guisinger, Author of Shift: A Memoir of Identity and Other Illusions

Interview by Amy Fish Penny Guisinger was not always attracted to women. In Shift: A Memoir of Identity and Other Illusions she recounts formative relationships with women and men, including the marriage that produced her two children and ultimately ended in part due to her affair with her now-wife. Beginning her story as straight and…

And you suddenly get why adrenaline junkies chase this rush by Abby Alten Schwartz

Runner Up – The 2024 We Love Short Shorts Contest You’re on your knees, breathing hard, heel of one hand against the center of his chest, gripped by the other hand. The voice on your phone says, You’re going to push hard two beats per second. You flash to The Office, when they learn CPR to…

We Love Short Shorts Contest for Flash Creative Nonfiction: Finalists & Short List Announced

Hippocampus Magazine’s inaugural We Love Short Shorts Contest for Flash Creative Nonfiction/Micro CNF is now complete, and what an incredible experience it was! Over the month of February, nearly 300 short pieces were entered into the contest, and our team of 13 reviewers did an amazing job reading every single one! It’s remarkable how much…