Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings From the Me Too Movement
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“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter,” said Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford when she testified to congress in September 2018 about the men who victimized her. A year earlier, in October 2017, the hashtag #MeToo shone a light on the internalized, normalized sexual harassment and abuse that’d been ubiquitous for women for generations.
Among the first books to emerge from the #MeToo movement, Indelible in the Hippocampus is a truly intersectional collection of essays, fiction, and poetry. These original texts sound the voices of black, Latinx, Asian, queer, and trans writers, to name but a few, and says “me too” 23 times. Whether reflecting on their teenage selves or their modern-day workplaces, each contributor approaches the subject with unforgettable authenticity and strength.
Together these pieces create a portrait of cultural sea-change, offering the reader a deeper understanding of this complex, galvanizing pivot in contemporary consciousness.
Shelly Oria is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), which earned nominations for a Lambda Literary Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, among other honors. Recently she coauthored a digital novella, CLEAN, commissioned by WeTransfer and McSweeney’s, which received two Lovie Awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Oria’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and elsewhere; has been translated to other languages; and has won a number of awards. Oria lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches at the Pratt Institute and has a private practice as a life and creativity coach. www.shellyoria.com
Courtney Zoffness won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the Arts & Letters Creative Nonfiction Prize, an Emerging Writers Fellowship from The Center for Fiction, and two MacDowell Colony fellowships. She’s published work in several journals and anthologies, and was a notable essayist in Best American Essays 2018.
Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Landscape with Sex and Violence and If I Should Say I Have Hope.
Samantha Hunt is the author of The Dark Dark: Stories, and three novels. Mr. Splitfoot is a ghost story. The Invention of Everything Else is about the life of inventor Nikola Tesla. The Seas, Hunt’s first novel, was republished by Tin House Books in 2018. Hunt is the recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bard Fiction Prize.
Gabrielle Bellot is a staff writer for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Cut, Guernica, Tin House, Electric Literature, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review Daily, and many other places. She holds both an MFA and PhD in Fiction from Florida State University. She lives in Brooklyn.
Quito Ziegler is a cultural producer with several film projects in the works, including an all-ages TV show about the future, when society has transformed and the world is a better place. They are a founding member of the WRRQ Collective, an intergenerational community of queer/trans artists and activists who make art and food together for visual resistance and collective healing.
Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter’s poetry and prose have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, McSweeney’s and Longreads, among others. She is an editor for Little A from Amazon Publishing and serves on the poetry committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Hossannah Asuncion is the author of Object Permanence and has received fellowships from Kundiman, The Poetry Society of America, and The Laundromat Project. She loves her writing
composition students at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She lives in BedStuy, Brooklyn with her wife, daughter, and cat.
Nelly Reifler is the author of See Through and Elect H. Mouse State Judge. Her work has been published in McSweeney’s, Lucky Peach, jubilat, and Story, among others, and read aloud on Selected Shorts and at Audible. She lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Syreeta Mcfadden is a writer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. Her work has appeared in the poetry anthology, Break Beat Poets 2: Black Girl Magic, The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, Elle, The Guardian, and BuzzFeed News. She is currently writing a book-length collection of essays about African Americans in the Middle West.Buy tickets/get more info now