Room 2502A, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, February 8, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


The rise of memoirs-in-essays is upon us, but what purpose does the form serve? What even is a memoir-in-essays? These four CNF writers discuss why they chose to inhabit the space between memoir and essays and the possibilities inherent in the subgenre. In this moderated Q&A, panelists will discuss the contours of the form, the freedom of liminality, and the challenges of writing the in-between.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Memoirs-in-Essays_panel.pdf



Margo Steines holds an MFA in CNF from the University of Arizona. Her work was named Notable in Best American Essays and has appeared in The Sun, Brevity, Off Assignment, "Modern Love," the anthology Letter to a Stranger, and elsewhere. She is the author of the memoir-in-essays Brutalities.

Maddie Norris is the author of The Wet Wound: An Elegy in Essays. She earned her MFA at the University of Arizona and before that was the Thomas Wolfe scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work can be found in Guernica, Fourth Genre, and Territory, among others.

Natalie Lima is a Cuban-Puerto Rican writer, with work published in Longreads, Guernica, Brevity, the Offing, Catapult, Sex & the Single Woman (Harper Perennial, 2022), Body Language (Catapult, 2022), and elsewhere. She recently joined the faculty at Butler MFA as assistant professor of English.

Krys Malcolm Belc is the author of the memoir The Natural Mother of the Child: A Memoir of Nonbinary Parenthood (Counterpoint) and the flash nonfiction chapbook In Transit (The Cupboard Pamphlet). He is the Edelstein-Keller Writer in Residence Fellow at the University of Minnesota.

Tyrese Coleman


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center