My Middle Name was Wimberley: An Annotated Interview with Nicholas Casey
Nicholas Casey’s parents met on Diego Garcia, a small wisp of beach and coral snaked around a lagoon in the middle of the Indian Ocean…
An ongoing collection of true stories.
Welcome to the new home of true! Originally the blog for Proximity, true has become a space for weekly conversations around nonfiction storytelling, where you’ll find essays, writing on craft, reviews, interviews, and more. This is also a space where you can find some of Proximity's best essays, narrative journalism, documentary photo essays, and audio storytelling. And, Proximity will continue publishing as a twice-annual literary magazine (with the occasional special issue), curating themed collections of true stories.
On Race, Secrets, & Love: An interview with E. Dolores Johnson
Author Sonya Lea and debut memoirist E. Dolores Johnson discuss 'Say I'm Dead,' a family memoir of race, secrets, and love.
Finding Solace Among the Birds: A Conversation with Joshua McKerrow About Making Art from Grief
Megan Reilley and Photojournalist Joshua McKerrow discuss "Today's Birds," and the act of creating through grief.
Memoir, Essay, and the Crucible of Meaning: An Interview with Joanna Eleftheriou
Bruce I. Friedland and essayist Joanna Eleftheriou discuss trauma, identity, and place in the writing of 'This Way Back.'
Images Are Text: A Conversation About Comics With Miriam Libicki
Comics Scholar Kevin Haworth sits down with Miriam Libicki to discuss 'Toward a Hot Jew," and her approach to creating essays in comics form.
Poems That Bring You Joy
“Why do people turn to poetry in tumultuous times?” is one of the most common questions poet Maggie Smith been asked about her poem “Good Bones” -- Why poems? Why now?
(Re)using Found Forms: The Hermit Crab Essay
From the front a hermit crab looks like a hand, a red-fingered fist, curling out of a shell. This seems an appropriate metaphor for a hermit crab essay," writes essayist Randon Billings Noble.
The New Nonfiction: A Conversation about Comics with Jessica Abel
A conversation with comics artist and podcaster Jessica Abel on nonfiction storytelling and her craft book, Out on the Wire.
From the Pages of Proximity
"The paintings in this series are meant to challenge the way we view people of color. These paintings are part of an ongoing series that also attempts to address, in a forward-thinking way, the lack of representation of African Americans on gallery walls," explains artist Jeremy Okai Davis.
Abidjan Zoo: A War Story
Photojournalst Michaël Zumstein stepped inside the Abidjan Zoo while the Ivory Coast was at war. This is his dispatch.
An essay by Kayla Queen.
Already We are Less Than Ever Before
A lyric essay by Alison Powell, selected by Judge Hanif Adurraqib as winner of Proximity’s 2nd Personal Essay Prize.
Split Down the Middle
In this audio essay, Sarah P. Reynolds explores one teenager’s painful secret, and how sharing that secret became a form of activism. “Split Down the Middle” is an original work produced for Proximity‘s BORDERS issue.
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