Is my memoir fiction?
Aside from this being labeled as the question I most ask myself on my okCupid profile, it is what I grapple with as I begin my thesis year. I come back to HSR interviews and lessons when creating characters real stories. They ask questions about travel like Olivia, or question their gender like Tanika, or have buried a lot of pain like Jasmine.
Finally the Her Saturn Returns Zine series will debut at the Black Lesbian DIY Fest in Brooklyn, held at the Lesbian Herstory Archives on Saturday, Oct 13th, 2014.
At the DIY Fest, I will table a few items:
- Her Saturn Returns Zine #1
- Queer Housing Nacional Zine
- Doors Closed; Eyes Opened (prose)
- Louis Armstrong & His Women (full-color Zine)
- Black Lesbians in the 70s and Before Zine
- Black Lesbian Zines 80s, 90s, and 2000s by Sherley Olopherne
- Spaces of Faucets (poetry)
- Lesbian Herstory Archives SWAG!
- Black Lesbian Erotica Novel: love. Reckless by A.J. Shelton (debut)
Fiction is the biographer telling her own story, using her own voice as a tool to tell a particular truth filled with known worlds, characters that she holds close, in places that she has studied and developed as her own.
Fiction is the transcription by the oral historian who notes that words held on the digital recorder are sound waves that can be distorted, that the final edit of this piece will have names spelled differently, will have dates lining up incorrectly, and adjustments in who said what, time-lining memories with accuracy.
Lorde named Zami a biomythography.
Fiction is the Memoir that gives permission for the voice to wave sounds, in a timeless, spaceless, boundlessness.
I tell the story as I tell it.
I transcribe the story as I hear it.
I write the truth as I know it.
I know the story as I truth it.
I truth the telling if I write it.
I write what I know, this story I tell.
My memoir is fiction, I have resolved.