2:00 pm14:00

Memoir Workshop at The Porch (Nashville, TN)

  • The Porch

Enroll ($55 nonmember, $50 member)

Course description:

Memory, Mapping, and Meaning

What do we discover about our memories when we dig for information about where they happened? What impact do changing landscape and history have on how we write about memories? This craft course is a kind of archaeological excavation of our most poignant images of our homelands. It explores the nature of episodic memory and offers writers tools with which to build upon and deepen fleeting snapshots of experience in pursuit of greater meaning. We’ll mine place-based memory—memory rooted strongly in its location in place and time—layering what we remember through writing prompts, research, and theory. We’ll see that documenting change over time can lend itself to critical analysis of economics, environmental change, class, conflict, and more. As we uncover information about our place-based memories, we’ll explore opportunities to add elements of critical analysis to memoir.

1:30 pm13:30

Looking Outward: Avoiding the Conventional Memoir (Washington, D.C.)

  • Washington Convention Center

Steve WoodwardPaul LisickyBelle Boggs, and Angela Palm All too often, memoir falls into a familiar, conventional pattern of confession and redemption. But how do you tell a personal story when life doesn’t conform to that shape? And how can a writer with a variety of interests incorporate those subjects into a personal narrative? Three Graywolf Press nonfiction authors discuss their approaches to writing about life—and subjects as disparate as infertility, nature, friendship, science, grief, and art—in personal and intimate detail.

Nov 21

Miami Book Festival (FL)

Angela will appear on a panel with Amy Haimerl and Marisella Veiga. Each author will discuss their own book followed by audience Q&A and a book signing.

Room 8203, Bldg. 8

Miami Dade College/Wolfson Campus

300 NE Second Ave., Miami

1:30 pm13:30

Texas Book Festival (Austin, TX)

The River Is Our Home

Beautiful and fearsome, rivers carve the lives and work of Angela Palm (Riverine) and Emmy Pérez (With the River On Our Face). For Palm, the Kankakee River brought love, floods and haunting fate. For Pérez, the Rio Grande carried the lyric power of the borderland and its personal and political forces. Join them as they discuss the natural and symbolic power of the river on their new work. 

Session Location: CAP E2.014

Signing Location: Main Signing Tent


12:45 pm12:45

Wordstock Panel (Portland, OR)

  • Oregon Historical Society

The Ties that Bind: Finding Home

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm, Oregon Historical Society

Book signing at 2:00 pm, Kridel Grand Ballroom, PAM Mark Building, Third Floor


How do the people who raised us and the places we came from shape us? How do we carry our family’s history with us in the present? How do we confront a shared past? Amy Kurzweil’s graphic memoir Flying Couch explores memory and the ways our families shape us through the stories of three generations of women in her family: her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, her mother, a psychologist, and her own coming of age as an artist. In RiverineAngela Palm interrogates her rural hometown and a single event that changes the course of her life. The search for a lost dog unites a family and exposes the wounds of their past in Pauls Toutonghi’s Dog Gone. Moderated by Natalie Serber (Community Chest).


7:00 pm19:00

Reading: Sunday Salon (NY)

  • Jimmys no. 43

Angela will read and sign books with Natashia Deón, Tyehimba Jess, and Patrick Rosal at the Sunday Salon in the East Village.

Natashia Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship and was recently named one of L.A.’s “Most Fascinating People” by L.A. Weekly. A writer, lawyer and law professor, she is also the creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, The Rattling Wall, B O D Y, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, and other places. Her debut novel, GRACE (Counterpoint Press) is out now.

Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alumnus, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TEDxNashville Conference. Olio, his second collection, is out now (Wave Books). Jess is an Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.

Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, an Indie Next selection and winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Palm was awarded the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Axinn Foundation Fellowship in Narrative Nonfiction. Her work has been published in EcotoneAt Length MagazineBrevity,Paper Darts, and elsewhere. She lives in Vermont, where she works as a developmental editor, and teaches creative writing at Champlain College and the New England Young Writers’ Conference.

Patrick Rosal is the author of four books of poetry including the most recent collection Brooklyn Antediluvian, which Publishers Weekly calls “an earth-shattering performance.” His poems and essays have appeared in New England ReviewGrantland, the New York Times,Best American Poetry and the Breakbeat Poets Anthology. A dynamic performer who has appeared in Europe, Africa, Asia and throughout the Americas, he is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Camden.

7:00 pm19:00

Nonfiction Reading: Angela Palm, Olivia Dunn, and Daniel Nester (Albany, NY)

  • Hudson River Coffee House

Join us for a reading celebrating Angela Palm’s new book Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. 

Precedes Thursday Open Mic. Will start pretty promptly!  

Books available for purchase!

Raised in the rural Midwest, Angela Palm earned a BA in English Literature and a BS in Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph's College. Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, recipient of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Graywolf Press, Aug. 2016). Palm is the editor of a book featuring work by Vermont writers, called Please Do Not Remove (Wind Ridge Books, 2014). She has taught creative writing at Champlain College, New England Young Writers' Conference, The Writers' Barn, and The Renegade Writers' Collective. She is a recipient of a Bread Loaf Fellowship in nonfiction.  

Olivia Dunn is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Skidmore College. She also teaches creative writing at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. She is working on a book about Albany that explores the places people are forced to go, such as the gas station, the grocery store, and the sidewalk. She keeps a blog of observational micro-essays atokdunn.com.

Daniel Nester is the author most recently of Shader: 99 Notes on Car Washes, Making Out in Church, Grief, and Other Unlearnable Subjects (99: The Press 2015). His previous books include How to Be Inappropriate (Soft Skull, 2010), God Save My Queen I and II (Soft Skull, 2003 and 2004), and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2014), which he edited. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic, and the Poetry Foundation website. He is an associate professor of English at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

7:00 pm19:00

Riverine: Burlington Book Launch (VT)

  • Phoenix Books

Join Angela in celebrating the release of her debut book! This is a ticketed event. Your $3 ticket gives you $5 off Riverine and helps support Angela's favorite local bookstore. 

6:00 pm18:00

PechaKucha (VT)

  • Fleming Museum of Art

Angela will present her work and literary ideas at the PechaKucha series hosted by the Fleming Museum of Art.