Shaking Up the Memoir from Middle America

Room 3501 EF, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Four diverse memoirists come together for a discussion of the joys and perils of writing timely memoirs from the middle of the country, exploring issues related to voice, persona, research, and tension in developing a well-constructed memoir.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline.pdf



Taylor Brorby is the author of Crude: Poems, Coming Alive: Action and Civil Disobedience, and the forthcoming Boys and Oil. His work has been supported by fellowships and residencies from the NBCC, the MacDowell Colony, and Mesa Refuge. He is a contributing editor at North American Review.

Camille T. Dungy's books include Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden, four books of poetry, most recently, Trophic Cascade, and the essays Guidebook to Relative Strangers. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and coedited two other anthologies.

Toni Jensen is the author of the memoir Carry, a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist, and the story collection From the Hilltop. An NEA fellowship recipient in nonfiction, she teaches at the University of Arkansas and in the low-residency MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Métis.

Gabe Montesanti is the author of the roller derby memoir, Brace For Impact (2022). Her work has been published in HuffPost, Lit Hub, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Electric Literature, and Brevity. Gabe is currently at work on an illustrated memoir about performing drag.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center