F210. The Enhanced Memoir: When It Happened to Me Isn't Enough

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel will look at the rise of the enhanced or hybrid memoir, the writer who merges a personal narrative with social commentary, cultural criticism, or reportage. As more writers arrive at the the memoir after working in other forms, the genre has become less defined by traditional narrative, and more marked by the writer’s willingness to borrow from the novelist’s, essayist’s, or journalist’s toolbox. The panel will focus on the form's rewards, challenges, and shifting boundaries.



Kim Brooks is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of a Michener-Copernicus fellowship and a Posen Foundation fellowship. She is the author of The Houseguest, and her memoir, Small Animals: A Memoir of Parenthood and Fear, is forthcoming.

Lucas Mann is the author of Lord Fear: A Memoir and Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere. His essays have appeared in Guernica, TriQuarterly, Slate, BuzzFeed, and The Kenyon Review. He earned his MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Deanna Fei is the author of the award-winning books Girl in Glass, a memoir, and A Thread of Sky, a novel. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Slate. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Fei has received a Fulbright Grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship.

Kiki Petrosino is an associate professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the creative writing program. She has authored three books of poetry: Witch Wife, Fort Red Border, and Hymn for the Black Terrific. She is coeditor of Transom, an online poetry journal.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center