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Literary Conference – New Forms in Memoir

April 27 @ EST 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

$15.00 – $20.00

The memoir has become a capacious space, flexible enough to accommodate essays, political discourse, inventive narrative, meditative reflection, hybrid work, and more. Critically acclaimed memoirists read brief selections from their work, then discuss the power and potential of this generative genre.

Maria Brandt’s (moderator) novella All the Words (Evening Street Press, 2015) won the Grassic Short Novel Prize. Her full-length play Swans premiered at Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage, and her collection New York Plays was produced by Out of Pocket Theatre and published by Heartland Plays. Her short fiction and nonfiction have been published widely in journals. She teaches Creative Writing at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

Anna Qu is a Chinese American writer who writes personal essays on identity and growing up in New York as an immigrant. Her Made in China (Catapult, 2021), described by Nicole Dennis-Benn as a “moving and unforgettable memoir [that] needs to be read by everyone, ”was nominated for the 2022 Catalyst Award for Best Memoir and was a Library Journal Title to Watch. Anna serves as the Nonfiction Editor at Kweli Journal, and teaches at Catapult, Monmouth University, and the low res MFA program at New England College.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-finalist The Man Who Could Move Clouds (Penguin Random House, 2023). Called “a lyrically rich excavation of memory, mythology and history” by Los Angeles Times, her memoir was also a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and recipient of a California Book Award. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday, 2018) was the silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards and a New York Times editor’s choice. Rojas Contreras has received numerous awards and fellowships, including from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She is a Visiting Writer at Saint Mary’s College.

Matthew Zapruder is a poet, translator, professor and editor. He is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently, I Love Hearing Your Dreams, forthcoming from Scribner in September 2024, as well as two books of prose: Story of a Poem (Unnamed Press, 2023), called by Doireann Ní Ghríofa “a glimmering candle in darkness,” and Why Poetry (Ecco, 2017).  His Come on All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon Press, 2010)  was selected as one of the year’s top 5 poetry books by Publishers Weekly, the 2010 Booklist Editors’ Choice for poetry, and as one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2011.  Editor at Large at Wave Books, Zapruder teaches in the MFA and English Department at Saint Mary’s College of California.

Buy your books at Ampersand and join the conversation!

Books by Anna Qu

Made in China

Books by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

The Man Who Could Move Clouds
Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Books by Matthew Zapruder

Story of a Poem
Father’s Day
Come All You Ghosts
Why Poetry
The Pajamaist

General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Seniors, Students and Writers & Books members: $15


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Literary Conference - New Forms in Memoir
$ 20.00
Literary Conference - New Forms in Memoir (Seniors & Students)
$ 15.00


April 27
8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
$15.00 – $20.00
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