Why Memoir

Ever since the birth of memoir, naysayers have reduced the genre to catharsis and its writers to navel-gazers. And as the body of literature is being populated by more women and marginalized writers, the accusations have grown louder and dismissals more frequent. It is no mystery that advocacy for the art we create is inherently feminist.

The truth we protect is this: our narratives drive connection, amplify silenced voices, and inspire us to author our own lives.

Reema Zaman: “Writing, for me, means freedom.”
Dana Mich: “I want [women’s] self-evident truths. Their declarations of personhood.
Athena Dixon: “Navels gave us life”.

More words we love:
Melissa Febos: “The Heart Work: Writing About Trauma as a Subversive Act
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “The Danger of a Single Story
Terese Mailhot: “Surviving Racism Through Storytelling
T Kira Madden: “Against Catharsis: Writing is Not Therapy
Marissa Korbel: “Down Girl
Lilly Dancyger: “Personal Narratives in the Trump Era
Zoe Bossiere: “On the Value of Women’s Memoir

…more coming soon