Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 14

A Darkened Sky (after Jewel) by E. Kristin Anderson

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About the author:
E. Kristin Anderson is a poet and glitter enthusiast living mostly at a Starbucks somewhere in Austin, Texas. A Connecticut College alumna with a B.A. in classical studies, Kristin’s work has appeared in many magazines including The Texas Review, The Pinch, Barrelhouse Online, TriQuarterly, and FreezeRay Poetry. She is the editor of Come as You Are, an anthology of writing on 90s pop culture (Anomalous Press) and is the author of nine chapbooks of poetry including Pray Pray Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press), Fire in the Sky (Grey Book Press), 17 seventeen XVII (Grey Book Press), and Behind, All You’ve Got (Semiperfect Press). Kristin is a poetry reader at Cotton Xenomorph and an editorial assistant at Sugared Water. Once upon a time she worked the night shift at The New Yorker. Find her online at EKristinAnderson.com and on twitter at @ek_anderson.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 13

Bigger than my Bones by Jessica Nirvana Ram

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About the author:
Jessica Nirvana Ram is a first-generation Indo-Guyanese daughter of immigrants. She self identifies as a poet and an essayist. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington and is a CNF editor for Honey & Lime Literary Magazine. Jessica claims home in Queens, NY and in Southeastern PA, being so close to the ocean nowadays is quite the change. Her musical obsessions at this moment in time include Ari Lennox and The Band Camino. You can find Jessica on twitter almost always @jessnirvanapoet.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 12

For Jim Dine’s Green Picture in My Meadow by Jill Bergantz

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Jill Bergantz is a multiple Pushcart-nominated poet living in Northern California. Her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Collective Unrest, ENTROPY, Back Patio Press, Silver Needle Press, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, ANIMAL VEGETABLE MINERAL, is forthcoming from UnCollected press in 2020.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 11

On Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen by Alina Stefanescu

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Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania and lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her partner and several intense mammals. Her writing can be found in diverse journals, including Prairie Schooner, North American Review, FLOCK, Southern Humanities Review, Crab Creek Review, Virga, Whale Road Review, and others. She serves as Poetry Editor for Pidgeonholes, Poetry Editor for Random Sample Review, Poetry Reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Co-Director of PEN America’s Birmingham Chapter. She was nominated for 5 Pushcart Prizes by various journals in 2019. A finalist for the 2019 Kurt Brown AWP Prize, Alina won the 2019 River Heron Poetry Prize. She still can’t believe (or deserve) any of this. More online at www.alinastefanescuwriter.com.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 10

MESMERIZING (after Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville) by Katherine Fallon

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Katherine Fallon’s poems have appeared in Meridian, Empty Mirror, Permafrost, Colorado Review, Foundry, and others. Her chapbook, The Toothmakers’ Daughters, is available through Finishing Line Press, and her full-length collection, Gold Star, is forthcoming through Eyewear Publishing. She assists in editing Terrible Orange Review, teaches in the Department of Writing & Linguistics at Georgia Southern University, and shares domestic square footage with two cats and her favorite human, who helps her zip her dresses. Find her online at katherinefallon.com or on Instagram @ghostelephants.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 9

Two Lost Souls: A Maternal Legacy to the Tune of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Rachel Villa

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About the author:
Rachel Villa is a girl from Mechanicsville, Maryland who enjoys the act of creating. Her creative nonfiction has previously appeared in print and online in Grub Street.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 8

Chasing the Voice by Sheila Sharpe

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About the author:
Sheila Sharpe is an author, teacher, psychologist, and a life-long music lover from Del Mar, California. Prior to psychology, she studied and worked as a teacher in painting and film criticism (MFA from UCSD). Her publications include a professional book, The Ways We Love, several peer-reviewed articles, and a personal essay in Feminine Collective. She has recently completed her first novel, which features a singer as a central character.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 7

Matala by Ellen Austin-Li

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Ellen Austin-Li is an award-winning poet published in Artemis, Writers Tribe Review, The Maine Review, Mothers Always Write, Memoir Mixtapes, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Masque & Spectacle, Green Briar Review, Panoply and other places. Her first poetry chapbook, Firefly, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2019. Ellen is active at Women Writing for a Change in Cincinnati and studies poetry in multiple ongoing workshops. She lives in a newly empty nest in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 6

Ojo Caliente by Katie Manning

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Katie Manning is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review and an associate professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, which won the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and four chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. Her poems have appeared in december, New Letters, Poet Lore, Stirring, THRUSH, Verse Daily, and many other journals and anthologies. Find her online at www.katiemanningpoet.com.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.11, Track 5

California by M.M. Carrigan

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About the author:
M.M. Carrigan is a weirdo from the Baltimore area, the writer of the blog The Surfing Pizza, grande editor supreme of Taco Bell Quarterly, the literary magazine for the Taco Bell Arts and Letters, and enjoys staring directly into the sun.