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We are more than our traumas.
The contemporary memoir is a contradiction in its expectations. It is a curatorial vision of a life which, unlike the all-encompassing autobiography/biography, chooses what will be included. Consequently, we are left with a life in fragments, detached from a larger context. In this “cherry-picking” of our lives, more often than not, we are asked, expected, or intrinsically compelled to gravitate our efforts, attention, and scope to the parts of our lives that have hurt the most. We have come to believe that a memoir must hurt, both the writer and the reader. Pain and trauma is the currency we must legibly articulate. This class will work towards deconstructing and undoing that myth because we are more than our traumas, we are more than our pain. Yes, our traumas are formative to our behaviors and characteristics, but to accede to this formula that our traumas are the only thing worth talking about limits and undermines the complex, nuanced, and otherwise joyous lives we live. In this brief craft course, we will focus on student work and how to approach, complicate, and imbue our suffering with the joy, levity, and peace we might often leave behind in our memoirist writing.
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In-person Talks, Concerts and other full-capacity performances:Adults must be fully vaccinated in order to attend these events. Your vaccination status will be checked upon arrival.
In-person adult and children's classes:Please wear a mask unless you are fully vaccinated. Your vaccination status will be checked upon arrival.
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator and immigration advocate. He is the author of Children of the Land, an NPR Best Book of the Year. His work has appeared or been featured in The New York Times, PBS Newshour, People Magazine en Español, The Paris Review, Fusion TV, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, New England Review and Indiana Review, among others. He currently teaches in the Low-Res MFA program at Ashland University