Bank Square Books invites you to an Art of Memoir event featuring Angela Palm, the author of Riverine; Sherry Horton, the author of Witness Chair: A Memoir of Art, Marriage, and Loss; and Sydney M. Williams, the author of Notes From Old Lyme. The authors will share from their works and discuss the process of creating a memoir. This event is free and open to the public.
Raised in the rural Midwest, Angela Palm earned a BA in English Literature and a BS in Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph's College. Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, recipient of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Graywolf Press, Aug. 2016). She is the editor of a book featuring work by Vermont writers, called Please Do Not Remove (Wind Ridge Books, 2014). She has taught creative writing at Champlain College, New England Young Writers' Conference, The Writers' Barn, and The Renegade Writers' Collective and is the recipient of a Bread Loaf Fellowship in nonfiction.
Palm's writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, Ecotone, At Length Magazine, Entropy, Brevity, DIAGRAM, Essay Daily, Paper Darts, apt, SmokeLong Quarterly, Hippocampus Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Little Fiction, Big Truths, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in fiction and nonfiction, a Derringer Award, Best of the Net, and the Best Short Fictions anthology. She lives in Vermont.
Sherry Horton is a retired English teacher. At the University of Hartford (Connecticut), where she was director of the Center for Reading and Writing, she taught in the writing program and co-authored a textbook challenging traditional approaches to composition entitled Reading Our Histories, Understanding Our Cultures (Allyn & Bacon 1999; 2003). A co-founder of the East Hill Writers’ Workshop (www.easthillwriters.com), she is currently working on her mother’s oral history of the 1920s and ‘30s in the remote Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Mother of two sons and twice a grandmother, she spends as much time as she can outdoors. She lives in Unionville, Connecticut.
Sydney M. Williams
Angela Palm grew up in a place not marked on the map, her house set on the banks of a river that had been straightened to make way for farmland. Every year, the Kankakee River in rural Indiana flooded and returned to its old course while the residents sandbagged their homes against the rising water.
The poignant story of a marriage as well as a gallant journey into loss, Witness Chair is both a beautifully written personal memoir and a compassionate guidebook to the art of living in the face of suffering and death.