NCC PROFESSOR PUBLISHES FIRST BOOK
Nashua— How does writing a memoir impact us? To what depths do we need to search within ourselves? Melanie Brooks teaches short story writing at Nashua Community College, but it is the art of nonfiction that holds a particular fascination for her and led to her first book, Writing Hard Stories, published by Beacon Press last month. On Thursday, March 23rd, Brooks will share her love of the genre in conjunction with the NCC Lecture Series. The event begins at 7pm in the Gregg Hall Auditorium and will be followed by a book sale and signing with Brooks.
As she set out to write her book, Brooks interviewed a number of the country’s well-known memoirists who shared “their own treks through dark memories and breakthrough moments and attest to the healing power of putting words to experience”.
Authors profiled in Writing Hard Stories include Andre Dubus III, Sue William Silverman, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Joan Wickersham, Kyoko Mori, Richard Hoffman, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Abigail Thomas, Monica Wood, Mark Doty, Edwidge Dantict, Marianne Leone, Jerald Walker, Kate Bornstein, Jessica Handler, Richard Blanco, Alysia Abbott, and Kim Stafford.
Brooks received her master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. In addition to NCC, she also teaches at Northeastern University and Merrimack College. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bustle, The Manifest-Station, Hippocampus, the Huffington Post, Modern Loss, Solstice Literary Magazine, the Recollectors, the Stonecoast Review and Word Riot. She received the Michael Steinberg Prize for Creative Nonfiction in Solstice Literary Magazine’s annual contest. Her almost-completed memoir explores the lasting impact of living with the ten-year secret of her father’s HIV disease before his death in 1995. Her writing is the vehicle through which she’s learning to understand that impact.