Local Author to Speak at Kent State TuscarawasPosted Mar. 17, 2014
Local author Nicole Willey, Ph.D., who also is an associate professor of English at Kent State University at Tuscarawas, will present Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives with her co-editor Justine Dymond, Ph.D., on March 18 at 7 p.m. at Kent State Tuscarawas. Sponsored by the Artist/Lecture Series, the event will be held in Founders Hall Auditorium with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Their presentation will include readings and a book discussion of this anthology on mothering and memoirs. In this collection, Willey and Dymond examine and critique motherhood memoirs alongside the texts of their own lives, while seeking to transform mother practice – highlighting revolutionary praxis within books, or, when none is available, creating new visions for social change. Many essays interrogate the tensions of maternal narrative - the negotiation of the historical location of writer and readers, narrative and linguistic constraints, and the slippery ground of memory, as well as the borders constructed between the “objective” scholar and the reader who engages with and identifies with texts through her intellect and her emotional being.
Willey teaches African-American and other literatures, along with a variety of writing courses. Her research interests include mothering, memoir, 19th-century American literature and slave narratives. She wrote Creating a New Ideal of Masculinity for American Men: The Achievement of Sentimental Women Writers in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. She and her husband, Chris Roman, Ph.D., have two sons and reside in New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Dymond is an assistant professor of English at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where she teaches writing and literature. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her publications include essays on Linda Hogan, Mourning Dove, Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein, and she is the editor of a special cluster in Modern Language Studies on 9/11 literature and culture. Her fiction and poetry have been published in numerous journals, including The Massachusetts Review, Pleiades and The Briar Cliff Review. Her short story, “Cherubs,” was selected for an O. Henry Prize and also appeared on the list of distinguished stories in the 2006 Best American Short Stories. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family.
Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. N.E. in New Philadelphia.