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Memoirist of the Month Archive

June’s Memoirist of the Month: Beverly Head

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

“When a memoir or story on SMITH has made me laugh or cry or wish that I had written it, I have communicated with the writer and/or marked the writing as a favorite. My list of favorites is very long.”
Name: Beverly Head
Place: near Atlanta, Georgia
SMITH member since: November 2010
Beverly Head made her debut on the [...]

May’s Memoirist of the Month: Kathi Wright

Monday, May 6th, 2013

“In kindergarten, I used to fill the top edges of my drawings with random letters, pretending I was writing a great story. Later, I preferred writing letters as a means of correspondence to that of a simple phone call.”

Name: Kathi Wright
Place: Near Sequoia National Park, Calif.
SMITH member since: March, 2008
A fling that began five years [...]

April’s Memoirist of the Month: Coleen Goodson

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Being able to reduce what I thought was this enormous life event to a succinct six words made me feel powerful. That story changed my outlook from one of facing a problem of a lifetime to one of solving a simple word problem.
Name: Coleen Goodson
Place: Chicago area,
SMITH member since: May, 2010
Scrolling through the stories [...]

February’s Memoirist and Classroom of the Month: Lisa Bottone

Friday, February 15th, 2013

“In my classroom, memoirs are a place for them to say in six words what some of them have never tried to articulate let alone creatively.”
Name: Lisa Bottone
Place: Warren, New Jersey
SMITH member since: May 29, 2008
Lisa Bottone, known to the SMITH community as sisterpoet, began her Six-Word Memoir writing with six words that live [...]

January’s Member of the Month: Laureatte Loy, aka “L2L3″

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Regulars to SMITH Magazine have surely noticed, and often heard from, Laureatte Loy, that spirited community member who goes by L2L3. Since she joined the community in 2010 she’s been a force of nature—spurring discussions, writing memorable memoirs and penning the much-anticipated Christmas poem each year (not to mention sending over holiday fudge for the [...]

December’s Member of the Month: “Believe,” aka Elizabeth Kalman

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

“I had a college professor that I loved. I hung on her every word, and she told me that I used too many words.”

December’s Member of the Month, Elizabeth Kalman, aka Believe, is known as much for her words online as she is for her wears offline. Kalman, a piano teacher, wife, and mother of [...]

October’s Member of the Month: Steve Leasure—Dad, Sixer, Superhero

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Reading the memoirs of October’s Member of the Month, Steve Leasure (aka Steve Anthony), is to offer a case study in one man’s strong sense of identity as a father, and the joy and clarity that comes with it. In his work life, Leasure has had a career that’s been both right-brained and left-brained, [...]

September’s Member of the Month, Melesha Johnny: Dancing Through Life, Six Words at a Time

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

September’s Member of the Month Melesha Johnny (mzejay) wasn’t expecting to become a part of a rich storytelling community when she purchased a case of Honest Tea at her local warehouse store in Northern California. She was just thirsty. But from the moment she opened a bottle of tea and discovered a Six-Word Memoir [...]

August’s Member of the Month, Manuela Josefina Hernández Sánchez: From The Hague with Love

Monday, August 6th, 2012

I was only eight years old, and spending the summer at my grandmother’s house in a small Dominican town, when I wrote my first story. It was about a hummingbird that came to sing by my window whose nest had fallen.
To understand August Member of the Month Manuela Josefina Hernández Sánchez’s (Amapola) writing life, [...]

June’s Member of the Month Alicia Jacobs: The Art of the Six-Word Memoir

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

June Member of the Month Alicia Jacobs (aka aliciacandraw on SMITH) doesn’t just pen Six-Word Memoirs, she hand letters them right into her fanciful dreamscapes of teepees, tornados and skylines. According to Jacobs, the visual connection between the memoirs and her illustrations is the key to her illustrated Six-Worders, which were the subject of [...]

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