Keynote Speakers

Linda Joy Myers / Lorraine (Bird) Mejia


Linda Joy Myers


Linda Joy Myers
Friday Night Keynote Speaker

What is Your True Name? Break the Silence, Write Your Story

Our Friday-night keynote speaker is Linda Joy Myers. Linda Joy Myers, founder and president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, is an award-winning author in memoir, fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her memoir Don't Call Me Mother—A Daughter's Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness is a Foreword Book of the Year finalist and won honorable mention in the New York Book Awards and Indie-Excellence Awards. Her latest book, Song of the Plains: A Memoir of Family, Secrets, and Silence was published last June to instant acclaim. She has also written several how-to books on memoir writing.

In her words: "I enjoy meeting people who are passionate about capturing the stories of their lives. Writing a memoir is an act of faith and learning. Writers who tell a personal story feel exposed and vulnerable, but in that rich mud of family history, there are many opportunities for creativity, healing, and connecting with the world of art, literature, and the life stories that link us all." Visit Linda Joy's website.


Lorraine (Bird) Mejia


Lorraine (Bird) Mejia
Sunday Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Our Heroine's Journey: Using Our Diverse Voices to Empower the World

Our Sunday luncheon speaker is Lorraine (Bird) Mejia. Lorraine Mejia, our Sunday lunch speaker, was born in Minnesota to a Mexican Mother and German American father and became a marathon runner, artist, editor, librarian, educator, poet, author, and storyteller. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a MLS in Youth Librarianship. Lorraine's poems have won several awards, and have appeared in anthologies such as Between the Heart and the Land/Entre el corazón y la tierra: Latina Poets of the Midwest and in literary journals including Willow Spring, Inkwell, and Calyx. Lorraine conducts her Wild Woman at My Door Women's Writing Workshop, inspired by her book Wild Woman at My Door, for groups of women to help them reconnect with their authentic selves. She has taught poetry classes to children, teens, and adults all around the country. Visit her website.