The Funny Thing About Memory: A Writing Workshop with Shonda Buchanan at Beyond Baroque
Name: The Funny Thing About Memory: A Writing Workshop with Shonda Buchanan at Beyond Baroque
Date: November 17, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM PST
"That's not the way I remember it." How many times have writers written about an incident in their lives only to have that memory challenged by friends and family members? That's the nature of the memoir beast and this class will help you deal with temporal transitions, accessing and recovering memory as well as how to use memory as a trope to propel your narratives forward. Reading narrative nonfiction, literary and mainstream essays and memoir excerpts, we will analyze the work of authors who have successfully used memory as a tool in various ways. We will explore the genre in its multifaceted forms while discerning cultural perspectives and concepts as well as gender, identity and ethnicity.
Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a daughter of Mixed Bloods, tri-racial and tri-ethnic African American, American Indian and European-descendant families who migrated from North Carolina and Virginia in the mid-1700 to 1800s to Southwestern Michigan. Black Indian, her memoir, begins the saga of these migration stories of Free People of Color communities exploring identity, ethnicity, landscape and loss.
For the last 18 years, Shonda has taught Creative Writing, Composition and Critical Theory at Loyola Marymount University, Hampton University and William & Mary College. An Eloise Klein-Healy Scholarship recipient, a Sundance Institute Writing Arts fellow, a Jentel Artist Residency fellow and a PEN Center Emerging Voices fellow, Shonda has received grants from the California Community Foundation, Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program and several grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Her first book of poetry, Who's Afraid of Black Indians?, was nominated for the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Library of Virginia Book Awards. Literary Editor of Harriet Tubman Press, her second collection of poetry, Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country was published by San Francisco Bay Press. Shonda's poetry and essays have been featured in numerous anthologies. Freelance writer for the LA Weekly since 1991, and Indian Country Today, the Los Angeles Times and the Writer's Chronicle, Shonda is editing her Afrofuturistic novel exploring Black and American Indian intersections in the 1800s, as well as a collection of poetry about the iconic singer, concert pianist and Civil Rights activist, Nina Simone.
For more information visit, https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/black-indian and www.shondabuchanan.com. Follow Shonda @shondabuchanan.