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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 [...]

The Icktionary Project

Friday, May 24th, 2013

I guess I should be flattered that Clorox thinks I’d be good at coming up with diisgusting words for its new Icktionary project, “a wiki for the icky.” My love of word play is obvious; how they knew I had a penchant for the disgusting I’ll never know. (Perhaps someone tipped them off that [...]

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 [...]

Our 2013 Calendars Are In!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

We have not one but two SMITH calendars that can adore your desk and wall in literary style in 2013. From SMITH Magazine and Sellers Publishing comes the Six-Word Memoir® daily calendar. Each day, you’ll get a surprising, inspiring, provocative, profound, serious, or sometimes just silly look into someone’s life, and then have a [...]

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 [...]

Call for Submissions: StoryCorps’ National Day of Listening

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Nearly three years after joining SMITH Magazine as a contributing editor, I’m still so often touched by the way SMITH’s online community members—an international crew of opinionated and creative types from all walks of life—encourage and connect with one another through the SMITH site.
Take for example the community support that has coalesced around newly-minted [...]

SMITH Live: Oct. 29-Nov. 18—Philadelphia; Los Angeles; Houston; New Jersey; Virginia Beach

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

SMITH loves hitting the road for live storytelling events and talks. Here’s what’s cooking in the coming weeks.
Six Words on Political Life at the National Constitution Center
More than 25,000 Six-Word Stump Speeches have been shared in our interactive exhibition at Philadephia’s National Constitution Center. On Oct. 29 we’re having a special politically themed [...]

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