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Novelist and essayist Elizabeth Mosier logged 1,000 volunteer hours processing colonial-era artifacts at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park Archeology Laboratory to write Excavating Memory: Archaeology and Home (New Rivers Press, 2019). A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, her nonfiction has been selected as notable in Best American Essays and appears widely in journals and newspapers including Cleaver, Creative Nonfiction, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Poets and Writers. She writes the “Intersections” column for the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin.

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Elizabeth Mosier Volunteering at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park Archeology Laboratory—washing and labeling a colonial neighborhood’s glass fragme…moreVolunteering at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park Archeology Laboratory—washing and labeling a colonial neighborhood’s glass fragments and ceramic sherds, mending and cataloging its bottles and vessels and plates—trained me to see broken things as material evidence: of social class, consumer patterns, cultural practices, politics, and relationships. In Excavating Memory: Archaeology and Home, I apply this lens to a collection of personal artifacts—from a transplanted eucalyptus tree that serves as a community touchstone to my grandmother's 1927 Farmer's Guide Cook Book—in order to ask: Who am I now that my mother doesn’t remember me and my father has died? Who might I be now that my children are grown? This memoir-in-essays is an artifact, too, forming the record of my midlife reconstitution in the wake of loss. (less)
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For Writers: Excavating Memory

I’m teaching a day-long writing workshop at Creative Nonfiction in Pittsburgh on Saturday, November 3, 2018. You can register at this link. Come dig with me! When writing personal narrative, it can be easy to overlook or discount the most telling details from your life because they are familiar or too commonplace to warrant notice. But … Continue reading For Writers: Excavating Memory Read more of this blog post »
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