Beyond the "Me" in Memoir: Working with Research, Imagery, and Hybrid Forms

Room 337, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, March 11, 2023
9:00 am to 10:15 am


How can we tell high-stakes personal stories informed by larger social and historical contexts? Family photos, archival letters, and historical documents add visual interest to memoirs, but they also help tell stories that go beyond the self. Panelists will share strategies for integrating such sources into memoirs through collage, erasure, and illustration. By incorporating research and multiple voices, memoirists can create exciting narratives about themselves, their families, and communities.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_Memoir.pdf



Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of the graphic memoir, The Keeper, along with three previous books of fiction and nonfiction. She is coeditor of the forthcoming Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Graphic Literature and a professor of English at Indiana University South Bend.

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of two hybrid memoirs and nine books of poetry, including The California Poem and Make Yourself Happy. She has been the recipient of two NEA awards and the National Poetry Series, among many other awards. She teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.

Deborah A. Miranda (Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation & Chumash) is author of Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir; poetry collections Indian Cartography, The Zen of La Llorona, Raised by Humans, and Altar for Broken Things. She is Thomas Broadus Professor of English emerita at Washington and Lee University.

Robert James Russell is the author of the forthcoming graphic memoir Hard Body: A Personal History of My Form on Display (Simon & Schuster, 2024). He is the founding editor of the literary journal Cheap Pop. Robert currently lives and works in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tom Hart is the author / artist of the New York Times #1 bestselling graphic memoir, Rosalie Lightning, and the executive director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, an organization and school for comics and graphic novels in Gainesville, Florida, which also offers extensive online courses.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center