F307. Collective Stories: Memoirists on Stories Not Solely Their Own

D139-140, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


As memoirists, we are often faced with the task of examining the experiences—and the people—that have shaped us into complex beings. What happens when, as part of this process, we collectively interrogate our past and attempt to make sense of painful family memories? Panelists reach across geography, culture, history, and politics to offer insight into diverse ways to research and write the intergenerational narrative and address the ethics of curating a story that reaches far beyond one's own.



Jessie Male is a PhD student in Disability Studies and English at The Ohio State University. She has an MFA in nonfiction from Hunter College. Her personal essays have been published in Guernica, Palaver Journal, Bustle, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and Satya Magazine. She is currently working on a memoir.

Krystal Sital is the author of the multigenerational memoir Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad. She was a finalist for the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 and now teaches creative writing; gender, sexuality and culture; and peoples and cultures of the Caribbean at New Jersey City University.

Gayle Brandeis is the author of The Art of Misdiagnosis (memoir), The Selfless Bliss of the Body (poetry), Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (craft), and the novels The Book of Dead Birds (winner of The Bellwether Prize), Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns.

Inara Verzemnieks is the author the critically acclaimed memoir Among the Living and the Dead. A member of the faculty of the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award.

Bridgett M. Davis is the author of the memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life In The Detroit Numbers, and the novels Into The Go-Slow and Shifting Through Neutral. She is a Professor at Baruch College, CUNY and Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program.


March 4–7, 2020
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