(The Daily Rumpus) Shaking Words Loose

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Last night, we launched our Memoir Monday reading series here in New York City. Memoir Monday, which began as a collaborative weekly newsletter (co-cu

   

Last night, we launched our Memoir Monday reading series here in New York City. Memoir Monday, which began as a collaborative weekly newsletter (co-curated by Narratively, The Rumpus, Catapult, Granta, Guernica, Longreads, and Tin House), now has a real-life monthly reading series, too!

Our kickoff event featured Melissa Febos, T Kira Madden, Jaya Saxena, and Tyler Wetherall. And as much as I loathe the nearly two-hour drive from my home in the ‘burbs down to Brooklyn, it was so, so worth it.

Tyler read a section from her brand-new memoir, No Way Home, which you’ll want to purchase right away. Jaya read a nuanced piece that ran on Catapult last year about her multiracial identity. T Kira Madden read a piece that was featured at Guernica back in 2016 but felt all too current to our #MeToo/#TimesUp/ENOUGH moment and moved me to tears.

Our headliner, the inimitable Melissa Febos, treated us to sections of an essay from her forthcoming collection, Girlhood. If you’ve never read Melissa’s work, do so right now. You could start here, or here, or here—and then move quickly to her first two books, Whip Smart and Abandon Me. Melissa masterfully mines her own experiences and find the universal through line that will tug at you and push you to examine your own life.

I don’t get to many readings these days, both because Brooklyn is so far away and also because I have a three-year-old with a 7:30 p.m. bedtime and a business to run (mostly after he goes to sleep). But whenever I do, I’m reminded how motivating it is to hear writers speak their words aloud. It shakes my own words loose inside my head, and reminds me that I, too, have stories to share.

Our next Memoir Monday reading will take place on May 21, and will feature Sandra Allen, Nuar Alsadir, Minda Honey, and Tom McAllister. I hope you’ll come and be inspired along with me!

Love,
Marisa

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