The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction

Issue 12: Winter/Spring 2018

Gut Instinct

by Kristine Jepsen

Special Guest Judge, Christine Hale

Kristine Jepsen’s ‘Gut Instinct’ makes powerful use of juxtaposition—between time periods and narrative lines—to create subtle but viscerally disturbing parallels between the fates of cows and of women: their service as breeders and nurses; their small, often doomed rebellions; and their ultimate expendability within a meat- and male-dominated food chain. I admire both the tonal restraint and the fierce emotional risk-taking in this memorable piece.

Christine Hale is the author of A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations, and the novel, Basil’s Dream.