Author Archives: Emily Hipchen

Dr. Emily Hipchen is a Fulbright scholar, the editor of  Adoption & Culture (OSUP), she is also the author of a Autobiography Studies. She is also the author of a memoir, Coming Apart Together: Fragments from an Adoption (The Literate Chigger Press, 2005). She’s an editor of Inhabiting La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Works of Julia Alvarez (SUNY 2013) and of The Routledge Auto|Biography Studies Reader (2015); as well as an editor of five special issues. Her essays, short stories, and poems have won multiple awards and have appeared in Fourth Genre, Northwest Review, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She is the director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University, where she teaches nonfiction. (Author Banner Image: Unsplash/Christian Søgaard. Author Head Shot Augment: René Laanen.)

Remembrance of Things Past Remembering

“I just want you to understand discovering your mother in a rehabilitation hospital packing her things only these are not her things, these are trash things, used diapers, plastic wrap, wads of Kleenex, her purse turned inside out, her fears, her incomprehension, the memories of her mother, the desire for her mother, the way her […]

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Family Tree

Can’t Say As I Ever Did by Emily Hipchen CARROLLTON Georgia—(Weekly Hubris)—7/18/11—In fourth grade, at South Ward Elementary School in Clearwater, Florida—the school I went to until after my fifth grade year, when my father moved us all to a bigger house in Seminole, some half an hour away—in fourth grade was the Mendel project. […]

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In The Wake (Her Suicide & Me)

Can’t Say As I Ever Did by Emily Hipchen Editor’s Note: If ever I am asked about my life’s greatest accomplishments, I will dissemble (to a certain extent) and say, with the bright confidence of the liar: “I discovered the writer Emily Hipchen.” My publishing company did, in fact, publish her first book, Coming Apart […]

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Seurat by Jigsaw Puzzle

Can’t Say As I Ever Did by Emily Hipchen CARROLLTON, GA—(Weekly Hubris)—2/14/10—This past Christmas, after a long and difficult fall, I wanted to do jigsaw puzzles. Plural. They’re a comfort, all those pieces that definitely fit, nothing left out to worry about the meaning of. Every piece accounted for, in exactly and only one correct […]

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Goodsmokin.com

Can’t Say As I Ever Did by Emily Hipchen CARROLLTON, GA—(Weekly Hubris)—9/27/10—So I’m talking with some friends about the bad rap high fructose corn syrup has gotten. A kind of smear campaign, pegging HFCS as the source of obesity, diabetes, yeast infections, the Obama presidency, earthquakes along the Pacific plates, and visions of Mephistopheles climbing […]

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Extremely Huge Voluntary Insemination Devices

Can’t Say As I Ever Did by Emily Hipchen CARROLLTON, GA—(Weekly Hubris)—9/13/10—As an initial column, I want to talk about sex. Kinky elephant sex. I figure, why not? A little while ago, Chuck—my husband—and I went to Busch Gardens in Tampa for his birthday. We don’t do roller coasters, only the zoo and gardens part. Chuck takes […]

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