Family Stories from the Attic: Bringing letters and archives alive through creative nonfiction, flash narratives, and poetry


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$14.95  $13.90
Christi Craig
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6.0 X 0.47 X 9.0 inches | 0.67 pounds
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About the Author

Lisa Rivero is a freelance writer, home education parent, college instructor, and life-long learner. Rivero spent her childhood on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to attend college. She has an M.A. in Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a B.A. from Marquette University. Her professional interests include gifted education, home education, creativity, literature and the humanities, and the challenges faced by all families in this fast-paced and often perplexing 21st-century life. Rivero's interest in gifted education began when her son was an early entrant to kindergarten. After two and a half years of public school, where he was in a program for highly gifted students, and one and a half years in a private gifted school, her son began to learn at home rather than in a school classroom. Although the family never planned to homeschool long-term, Rivero's son made the decision to homeschool through high school. Homeschooling allowed him to learn and socialize at his own pace and in a way that met his needs, as well as gave him the time and freedom to know himself and to explore his interests. While Rivero knows that home education is not the optimal choice for every gifted child, she believes strongly that learning at home is an important and sometimes lifesaving option for families of gifted children, and it is often the best education for children who have a great passion and drive to learn.
Christi Craig works as a sign language interpreter by day and moonlights as a writer, teacher, and editor. She teaches online courses that focus on story structure, creativity, and flash nonfiction. She is also a volunteer instructor for the Creative Writing Class at Harwood Place Retirement Living Center in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where she has edited four anthologies of poems, stories, and essays. Christi was an Assistant Editor at Compose Literary Journal and an Associate Editor for Noble / Gas Quarterly. She also volunteered on the novel acquisitions team during the 2016 submissions call for Forest Avenue Press. Her own stories and essays have appeared online and in print, and she received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Family Matters Competition, 2010.


"Using letters, photos, a scrapbook, more, these writers share the lovely tales of their sleuthing in the metaphorical attics of their families. Poignant, self-exploratory and tender, these stories are moving accounts of diverse historical tapestries. Especially memorable is Amy Wang Manning's wonderful story of piecing together her family saga using an old Taiwanese household registry--it will stay with you." Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, author of the novel Sarong Party Girls, and A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family

"I love the idea that the editors of Family Stories from the Attic welcomed poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. I enjoyed the mix, and the way it opens doors for the present day writers to apply their style and form to what they found "in the attic." Yvonne Stephens turns her grandfather's letter into a poem that you know he would have admired. Pam Parker blends her grandmother's letters with bits of her own story. Others bring history to life with creative nonfiction and dynamic colors of flash. I love them all, and wish I could reel time back to write about what I found in my mother's journal . . . maybe write it good enough to be accepted for publication in Attic. Mom would love that." Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio, author of Shut Up & Write!