Art of Memoir with Ginger Gaffney and James Tate Hill
May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Authors GINGER GAFFNEY and JAMES TATE (JT) HILL talk about the craft of writing memoir, sifting through your personal life, and facing your vulnerability on the page with host STEVE MITCHELL. Gaffney’s Half Broke is the memoir of a woman who related more to horses than people and how she finds a home of sorts teaching at an alternative prison ranch. Blind Man’s Bluff is James Tate Hill’s memoir of becoming legally blind at age 16, but pretending for years that he was not. [rsvp required; see below]
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GINGER GAFFNEY received her MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been published in Witness Magazine, The Utne Reader, Tin House and other publications. She lives between Mesa Prieta and the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico.
JAMES TATE HILL is the author of a memoir, Blind Man’s Bluff, coming July 2021 from W. W. Norton. His fiction debut, Academy Gothic, won the Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel. His essays have been listed as Notable in the 2019 and 2020 editions of Best American Essays, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Writer’s Digest, Story Quarterly, and Hobart, among others. He serves as fiction editor for the literary journal Monkeybicycle and contributing editor for Literary Hub, where he writes a monthly audiobooks column. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife.
STEVE MITCHELL is an award-winning writer and journalist. His novel, Cloud Diary, is published by C&R Press. His book of short stories is The Naming of Ghosts from Press 53. He is a winner of the Curt Johnson Prose Prize and the Lorian Hemingway International Short Story Prize. He’s currently writing a mix of memoir and film criticism for a project he calls Mirrorbox. He’s co-owner of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC.
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