R276. Relationship Memoir: Living through It

Room 202, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 2
Thursday, February 27, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Memoirs are often about difficult relationships and the understanding that comes with living through them. These four authors have all recently published memoirs that dig deeply into trying relationships between husband and wife, father and son, and mother and daughter. They will discuss the challenges of writing their way into a deeper understanding of these relationships as well as how those whom they write about in their memoirs coped with the writing and publishing process.



Adam O’Connor Rodriguez has served in editorial leadership roles for various national literary journals and now works as Senior Editor of Hawthorne Books in Portland, Oregon.

Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and show:tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. He is the author of the memoir, Wedlocked.

Gregory Martin is the author of the memoir Stories for Boys, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and the Seattle Reads selection for 2013. His first book, Mountain City, was a New York Times Notable Book. He is an associate professor of English at the University of New Mexico.

Ariel Gore is the editor of Hip Mama magazine and the author of eight books including Atlas of the Human Heart, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead, Bluebird, and The End of Eve.

Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life. Her fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies including Best New American Voices. A Reed College graduate and former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, she teaches creative writing at U.C. Berkeley Extension.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center