Virtual UHBF Writing Workshop - A. Kendra Greene ("The Museum of Memory: Touchstones for Stories, Essays, and Memoirs")

  • Posted on: 14 July 2021
  • By: TanyaMills

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Picture of A. Kenra Greene          Cover of her book "The Museum of Whales You Will Never See"

Are you having difficulty knowing just how to dive into your new story, essay, or memoir?

Collections are full of touchstones that start stories, evoke essays, and materialize memoirs. A tour of such specimens is on display in works from Naomi Shihab Nye to Leslie Jamison, Mary Ruefle to the Significant Object Project. Join us as we curate those unforgettable museum visits to illuminate both how we understand the world and how we define ourselves in it.

REGISTER HERE. (Space is limited to 50.)


A. Kendra Greene is an essayist, printer, and maker of artist’s books. She writes about collections and records radio essays and spends not enough time locking up wood type on a Vandercook proof press.

She began her museum career adhering text to the wall one trembling vinyl letter at a time. From there she went on to manage a collection of photography, costume a giant ground sloth, and keeps returning as a Visiting Artist at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Her work as an essayist started during a Fulbright to teach English in South Korea, and she earned an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa and a Graduate Certificate from the University of Iowa Center for the Book under the auspices of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She is Associate Editor of prose at the Southwest Review and lately a Fellow at Harvard University's Library Innovation Lab.

Kendra makes books and broadsides under the imprint Greene Ink Press, and occasionally Red Thread Press, while posters are done under the name Miniature Giraffe Press. Her chapbooks and broadsides are held in the special collections of Yale, Carnegie Mellon, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Florida, University of Miami, and University of Iowa, among others. Kendra's writing is more broadly available in print publications like The Normal School, Field Working: Reading and Writing Research 4th ed., and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2010.

Event address: 
Online via Zoom
St. George, UT 84770-4087
The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: And Other Excursions to Iceland's Most Unusual Museums Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143135463
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2020