S228. The Landscape of Memory: Writing Places That Don’t Exist

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


While setting is often seen as the purview of fiction writers, place has become its own sub-genre in the creative nonfiction community. Whether tracking breaking stories in situ or casting generations into the past, the writer’s job is often to create the landscape of memory out of the ether. How, aside from Proust’s madeleine, can we gain access to places to which we no longer have access, and landscapes that are essentially make-believe? How do writers render a remembered landscape real?



Kelly McMasters is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town and co-editor of This is the Place: Women Writing on Home. Her essays have appeared in The New Times, Paris Review Daily, American Scholar, River Teeth, and others. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Hofstra University.

Miranda Weiss is the author of the memoir Tide, Feather, Snow: A Life in Alaska, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association bestseller. Her science and nature writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The American Scholar, Alaska Magazine, and elsewhere.

Emily Arnason Casey’s writing has been published in The Normal School, The Rumpus, Hotel Amerika, Briar Cliff Review, and elsewhere. Her forthcoming book is titled Made Holy: Essays. She teaches writing at the Community College of Vermont and is the Nonfiction Editor at Atlas & Alice Magazine.

Jericho Parms is the author of Lost Wax. Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, The Normal School, Hotel Amerika, Brevity, and elsewhere. She is the Associate Director of the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches at Champlain College. jerichoparms.com


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