Memoir Land
Memoir Land
Three verticals: Memoir Monday: A collaboration among Granta, Guernica, Narratively, The Rumpus, Orion Magazine, The Walrus, Electric Literature, Literary Hub, Oldster Magazine; First Person Singular original essays; The Lit Lab interviews + craft essays.
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Pine State Publicity
Cassie Mannes Murray
It's Not Us
Sara Eckel
First Person Singular
Yi Xue looks back on the lunch staple that marked her first meal in America, and served as something of a rite of passage.
For Kasey Payette, queer heartbreak leads to an investigation of burial practices, historical erasure, and what details of our lives will outlast us.
Starina Catchatoorian recalls giving her ex-husband an ultimatum.
Jiadai Lin examines her relationship with her mother during the first month postpartum—a tender and sensitive time of healing in Chinese culture.
Lori Yeghiayan Friedman weighs the lasting trauma of a 1988 car accident that took the lives her her high school classmates.
Looking back at journal entries he wrote as a love-lorn closeted teen, Mike Albo finds kinship with a needy AI chatbot.
The Lit Lab
“For me, getting better as a writer is learning how to get to the essence of things and boil down all of that exposition and backstory.”
Novelist Richard Mirabella would like to remind you (and himself) to resist the pressure to finish your book in a flash.
“I love writing. I really do. Even though I often hate it at various points in the process. Learning to accept that has been so important to me.”
“I know that when I’m really writing, when I’m really, really lost in a sentence, I forget I have a body, I forget what time is. I forget to eat.”
Fellow Libras Bernice McFadden and Sari Botton talk about the challenges of writing personal narrative, identifying the right nonfiction sub-genre, and writing under pseudonyms.
Helene Stapinski on taking a break from a genre she loves, but which often landed her in hot water with family.