F128. It’s Not a Love Story: Owning the Romantic and Domestic in Literary Memoir

Room 513, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Feminists fall in love and get married, but how do we depict these stories of romance and intimacy without undermining the significance of our books and getting relegated to the “chick lit” pile? Authors of memoirs on topics such as abortion, adoption, gay marriage, sex work, and cultural adaptation discuss how we have deployed craft to include love lives without suggesting that domesticity is a panacea for our narrative conflicts or the ultimate “end” to a woman’s story.



Liza Monroy is the author of The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America and What it Taught Us about Love, and the novel Mexcian High. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Newsweek, Self, Poets & Writers, and other publications, and been widely anthologized.

Kassi Underwood is the author of Love Life, a forthcoming memoir about abortion. She taught writing at Columbia University for three years and is currently a masters candidate at Harvard Divinity School.

Jillian Lauren is the author of the memoirs Everything You Ever Wanted, and Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, and the novel Pretty. Her writing has appeared in the Paris Review, the New York Times, and Elle, among others.She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University.

Alison Singh Gee's memoir, Where the Peacocks Sing, was named a National Geographic Traveler Book of the Month and received starred reviews in Library Journal and Booklist. Alison has written for People, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times, and she teaches at UCLA Extension.


March 4–7, 2020
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