NonFiction


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Marrow for Marrow: Nonfiction by Anna Moorhouse

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In the hospital, a few weeks before my grandmother died, she stopped speaking English. It was only French from then on, in whispers, through a ventilator mask. Colombe had never been a confident student of the English language, wading in only reluctantly after moving with her husband, my grandfather, across the country. Jacques worked in…

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Moving West: An NYC Gallery’s Journey to L.A.

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If you’re a contemporary art-lover and have been to New York City, it’s possible you have yet to discover Garis & Hahn gallery. Founded in 2013 and located in the heart of the Bowery, the “gallery-cum-Kunsthalle” engages niche and wide communities alike with diverse and conversational contemporary art. For the first time, the gallery is…

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There You Are: Nonfiction by Linda Hutchison

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Never the same. Endless days of sun, nights of blood-orange sunsets. Some mornings new and rosy, some muted. Days of drought, wildfires, parched and shifting earth. Dark days of fog, rain and sliding hillsides. Crowded, curlicue freeways, deep and coyote-filled canyons. Disappearing cottages. Rising prices, mansions.   Dreams as big as the ocean, christened by…

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A Drink of History: Nonfiction by Robert Joe Stout

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Seeing them anchored in Mexico City’s touristy Centro Historico I wanted to cry. Pulquerìas de la moda. Clean, smart, yuppie. Customers in button-down collars, shiny alligator boots. Trim-waisted women in tailored slacks. Bartenders accustomed to serving politicians, German tourists. Not the way they were during my student years in then less-than-respectable Colonia Escandòn. And not…

Welcome to the new West Coast standard for nonfiction creative writing—the place where you'll find the next Nora Ephron, the next Joan Didion, the next David Sedaris, and plenty of others who aren't the next anything except for the future of personal essay and memoir. It has been said that the nonfiction writer must carefully remember that which occurred, and then commit it to the page with as much adherence to the truth as possible. But here at FORTH, we don't care about facts. The writer’s memory is fallible and the pursuit of straight truth is never as interesting as the pursuit of inner truth. As modern readers, we look for a sharp, distinctive voice to shine through a writer's nonfiction, making us laugh and shudder and relate; and we get a kick out of a writer's shrewd use of his or her creative license. Non fiction writing is sometimes painfully accurate, sometimes partly fictional, but always reflects a spirit of authenticity. And even the best literary journals online can't offer what you'll find here on FORTH―a collection of Los Angeles-curated nonfiction writing that portrays the lives of emerging and established writers in a raw and exciting short format. All of our nonfiction pieces are selected and edited in L.A., then published for the world at large. Online literary magazines have a new nonfiction beast on the block. Have you got a story? Submit to nonfiction@forthmagazine.com

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