Creative Nonfiction

“Going Down,” a memoir about dementia, Months-to-Years online, summer, 2021

“Class Matters,” a memoir about growing up in a class-stratified town; Evening Street Review No. 25, Autumn 2020, pp. 105-13

“The First Cry,” a memoir about childbirth; September 21, 2019; Broad Street (

The following essays sit behind a paywall and are available only to subscribers to The Chronicle of Higher Education or to persons with online access to college or university libraries. If you are interested in reading any of these pieces and do not have online access, please e-mail me at marjoriepryse1 [at] gmail [dot] com and I will send you a copy.

“Thoreau in a Pickle,” commentary on turning away from academic writing to start a small food-production company, then rereading Thoreau’s turn back to writing after his experiment in growing beans and subsequent closing the company and, like Thoreau, returning to writing, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2015, p. B20

“In Loco Maternis,” commentary on narrowly escaping fraternity rape and the need for support from women academic leaders, The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 14, 2014, p. B20

“Artisanal Teaching,” commentary on opening a small-scale pickle business and what it reminds us about teaching undergraduate students, with help from Robert Frost’s “After Apple-Picking,” The Chronicle of Higher Education August 5, 2013, p. B20

“What Beekeeping Taught Me,” commentary on what honey bees teach us about the similarities between close reading with students and close observation in the sciences, The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 9, 2012, p. B20