I WAS ONE OF MY MEMORIES is a collection of lyrical nonfiction that includes essays, poetry, prose, lists, postcards, and memoir.
“I wasn’t always like this,” Laurie Blauner writes in her first creative nonfiction book. In this book houses fly, the Wizard of Oz reveals himself, a recipe for fur is shared along with how humans recreate themselves as animal hybrids, Nabokov’s Lolita infatuation is observed, and the author describes having been seen outdoors in her underpants. I WAS ONE OF MY MEMORIES is a collection of lyrical nonfiction that includes essays, poetry, prose, lists, postcards, and memoir. The twenty essays cover a variety of topics, obsession, telling lies, outer and inner spaces, myths and facts, evolution, aging, the death of a beloved cat named Cyrus, and the definition of what it is to be human. In the book secrets surface concerning how to talk to yourself, good and bad familial relationships, pretending to be another religion, and a mother lying about her age.
“I love this book’s fragmented and looping storytelling, its sense of humor, and its amazing, strange, and smart sentences.” —Caryl Pagel, author of Out of Nowhere into Nothing
“…so strange and true, structurally organic, surprising and moving.” —Polly Buckingham, author of Expense of a View
Nonfiction. Essays. Memoir. Hybrid.
Laurie Blauner is the author of five novels, eight books of poetry, and a creative nonfiction book published in 2022. She won PANK's 2020 Creative Nonfiction Contest with her book I WAS ONE OF MY MEMORIES. Her essays have appeared in December, Sycamore Review, Superstition Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Connotation Review, and Your Impossible Voice, among other places. Laurie Blauner's fifth novel, Out of Which Came Nothing, was published in 2021 by Spuyten Duyvil Press. Her fourth novel, The Solace of Monsters, won the 2015 Leapfrog Fiction Contest, was listed in Book Riot's "A Great Big Guide to Wonderful Books of 2016 from Indie Presses," and was a 2017 Washington State Book Award finalist in Fiction. She is the author of three previous novels from Black Heron Press. Her latest book of poetry, A Theory for What Just Happened, is available from FutureCycle Press. She has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship as well as Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, 4Culture, and Artist Trust grants and awards. She was a resident at Centrum in Washington State and was in the Jack Straw Writers Program in 2007. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, The Georgia Review, American Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, Field, Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, The Colorado Review, The Collagist, The Best Small Fictions 2016, and many other magazines. She lives in Seattle, Washington.