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Lost Mothers: Memoirs of Longing
May 21, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pmFree
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With ELISHEBA HAQQ and MEGAN CULHANE GALBRAITH. Hosted by LEE ZACHARIAS.
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ELISHEBA HAQQ was born in Chandigarh, India, but was brought up in Minnesota, USA. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently teaches writing at Rutgers University. Her work has appeared in A Letter for my Mother, Gateways, She.knows.com, and NJ Monthly. An RN by profession, she has also been published in Creative Nursing and Journal of Nursing Education and Practice.
MEGAN CULHANE GALBRAITH is a writer, visual artist, and adoptee. She is the author of The Guild of the Infant Saviour: An Adopted Child’s Memory Book (Mad Creek Books/Ohio State University Press, May 2021) a hybrid memoir-in-essays that pairs narrative with images to weave a personal and cultural history of adoption as it relates to guilt, shame, grief, identity, and memory itself. She connects her experiences to those of generations of adoptees, to the larger stories America tells about sex and motherhood, and to the shadows those stories cast on us all. She was named one of the “5 Over 50” by Poets & Writers in 2021. Her work was Notable in Best American Essays 2021 and 2017 and her writing and art have featured in BOMB, HYPERALLERGIC!, The Believer, Tupelo Quarterly, ZZYZYVA, Hobart, Longreads, Hotel Amerika, Catapult, and Redivider, among others. She has been awarded fellowships by The Saltonstall Foundation, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Horned Dorset Colony. Megan is a graduate of and the Associate Director at the Bennington Writing Seminars and the founding director of the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont Young Writers Institute.
LEE ZACHARIAS is the author of a collection of short stories, a collection of essays, and four novels. Her third novel, Across the Great Lake, a 2019 Notable Michigan Book, won a silver medal in literary fiction from the Independent Publisher Awards, the 2019 Sir Walter Raleigh Award, the 2020 Philip H. McMath Book Award. Her fourth novel, What a Wonderful World This Could Be, was a finalist for the 2021 American Fiction Awards and has been chosen as a Distinguished Favorite by the 2021 NYC Big Book Awards and the 2022 Independent Press Awards.