This post is part of an interview series featuring the authors of Family Stories from the Attic, an anthology of essays, creative nonfiction, and poetry inspired by family letters, objects, and archives. Monday posts are featured on the Hidden Timber Books website, and Wednesday posts are featured here. Learn more about Family Stories from the Attic at the bottom of this post. Without further ado, let’s meet Jessica Schnur, author of “Schnur Family Announcement.”
Q: Did you write “Schnur Family Announcement” with a particular person/reader in mind?
Jessica: This piece was a eulogy for my mother. I had collected emails and stories from family members in the days leading up to the funeral. I then took all the memories people have shared with me and l used them to put the eulogy together the night before the funeral. Since then, I have done some revision and shaping of the piece, but the majority remains true to the original.
Q: What is a fun, interesting, or unusual fact to share with your readers?
Jessica: When I am not teaching or writing, I run. A lot. My husband and I are trying to run a marathon in every state. Since last October, we have run one about every six weeks. We now have three states coming up in a seven week stretch of June and July.
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Jessica and her husband.
Family Stories from the Attic features nearly two dozen works of prose and poetry inspired by letters, diaries, photographs, and other family papers and artifacts. Editors Christi Craig and Lisa Rivero bring together both experienced and new writers who share their stories in ways that reflect universal themes of time, history, family, love, and change.