115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

PerSEVerance: Sketches toward a Fost Adopt Memoir

J. Mark Smith, MacEwan University

A personal narrative about the author's experience as an adoptive parent of children who were in the foster care system of the province of Alberta. J. Mark Smith's essay about the psychological concept of attachment and the social and cultural meanings that have accrued to it, “The Richest Boy in the World,” appeared in Queen’s Quarterly in 2015. One of his first published essays, “The Gnatcatcher and the Tollroad,” was recently reprinted in Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday, 2017; eds. Alvarez and Tonkovich).


A blend of journal entry, personal narrative, and thematic argument pertaining to the author's experience as an adoptive parent of two children who were for a time wards of the province of Alberta.