Make Me a Hummingbird of Words: Salvos into the World of Micro-Memoirs
American Academy Reading
In a presentation that is part craft talk and part reading, Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly shares strategies that inform her forthcoming book, Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (W.W. Norton). In today’s increasingly heterogeneous publishing landscape, cross-genre works that blend inheritances from multiple literary parents have a new urgency and popularity. Combining the extreme brevity of poetry yet hewing to the truth-telling of creative nonfiction, Fennelly's micro-memoirs allow us to consider questions of genre while delighting in a form that, like a hummingbird, stuns with its speed and ingenuity.
This American Academy Reading is part of Berlin Science Week.
Photo by Jon Cancelino; courtesy the Poetry Foundation