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

Creative Writing: Literary Nonfiction and Memoir

Session Chair: 
J. Mark Smith, MacEwan University
Session 7: Saturday 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Henry 203


  1. Anjoli Roy, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    A Bengali American daughter accompanies her father to his childhood home in Kolkata, which he has not visited since he moved to the U.S. sixty-four years prior, when he was eight years old, only to discover not only details of her father's past, but also that of a long-lost and nearly forgotten great-grandfather turned freedom-fighter.
  2. Chris Davidson, Biola University
    This short piece will examine episodes from my early youth through my college years tracing my (not-so-great) ability as a skateboarder and my growing understanding of how it related to how I portrayed myself as a Southern Californian, a thinker, and a member of the various cultures I found myself in (and out of).
  3. Mary Caroline Cummins, "University of California, Riverside"
    Mary Caroline Cummins is a Continuing Lecturer in the University Writing Program at UC Riverside and has written for DAME Magazine, The Establishment, and the "Women and Hollywood" blog at Indiewire.  Her piece is about escaping from the South to California, and who does and does not have this privilege.
  4. 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).
Session Cancelled: