F265. My Memoir’s First Year: Lessons Learned by New Authors of Creative Nonfiction

C124, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Five new memoirists discuss what to expect when you’re expecting a memoir. This assorted group of writers with books published in 2018 share their experiences launching their first memoirs: the expectations each had starting the process, the path from manuscript to book, the rollout and reception of each work, and the range of emotions that come with such a launch, from elation to melancholy.



Anthony Moll is the author of Out of Step: A Memoir, which won the 2017 Non/Fiction Collection Prize from The Ohio State University Press and The Journal. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts, and currently teaches creative writing and journalism in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery is the author of Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir and three poetry chapbooks. She is an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University.

Matt Young holds an MA in Creative Writing from Miami University and is the recipient of fellowships with Words After War and the Carey Institute for Global Good. His work can be found in Time, Granta, Tin House, Word Riot, and elsewhere. His debut memoir, Eat the Apple, is out now from Bloomsbury.

Joseph Osmundson is a scientist and writer based in New York City. He is originally from Washington State, and his writing has been published in The Queer South, The LA Review of Books, The LA Review, Gawker, The Rumpus, and The Feminist Wire, where he is an Associate Editor.

Tyrese Coleman is an essayist, fiction writer, and associate editor for SmokeLong Quarterly. Her first collection How To Sit was published in 2018 with Mason Jar Press.


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center