F248. A Memoir with a View: On Bringing the Outside In

Room 602/603, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Some critics label memoirs mere navel gazing. However, the memoirists on this panel will show why it’s anything but. In memoir the “I” is a strong presence, guiding and shaping the narrative, but the broader perspective is that of someone gazing out a window rather than peering into a mirror. The “I” reflects an image in a windowpane as we superimpose ourselves upon the wider world. We will explore ways in which personal stories engage with social, cultural, and political realities.



Sue William Silverman's books are The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon JewLove Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual AddictionBecause I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You; and Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Lee Martin is the author of four novels, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Bright Forever. He is also the author of three memoirs, most recently Such a Life, and a story collection, The Least You Need to Know. He teaches in the creative writing program at The Ohio State University.

Sonya Huber is the author of two books of creative nonfiction, Opa Nobody (2008) and Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir (2010), and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration (2011). She teaches at Fairfield University.

Joy Castro is the author of the novels Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, the memoir The Truth Book, and the essay collection Island of Bones, and she edited the collection Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family. She teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher is author of Descanso For My Father: Fragments Of A Life. His award-winning essays have appeared in numerous journals including New Letters, Fourth Genre, and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.


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