Beth Kephart, the award-winning author of three dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, has chaired national literature juries and has written about memoir and literature for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Millions, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Huffington Post, Image Journal Good Letters, and elsewhere. Her new books are Wife | Daughter | Self: A Memoir in Essays, We Are the Words: The Master Memoir Class, Beautiful Useful Things: What William Morris Made (with Melodie Stacey), and A Room of Your Own: A Story Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Famous Essay (with Julia Breckenreid). Beth’s essays can be found at The Normal School, Ninth Letter, North American Review, Creative Nonfiction, Cleaver, Brevity, Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
Beth is the recipient of the 2015 Beltran Family Award for Innovative Teaching and Mentoring at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the 2013 Miami YoungArts Master Teacher. She has conducted workshops across the country, participated in many big-festival panels, and given numerous keynotes. She was named one of the 50 writers celebrated in the year-long Philadelphia’s Literary Legacy exhibit at the Philadelphia International Airport. Beth’s thoughts about writing and teaching memoir are featured in this July 2022 Publishers Weekly story. Her book, We Are the Words, as well as her memoir expertise is featured in Issue 49 of Breathe Magazine.
Beth is the author of Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir (Avery), winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life Award (Motivational Category), a memoir workbook called Tell the Truth. Make It Matter., and a collection of new ideas about the memoir form called Strike the Empty.
Her acclaimed books for younger readers include Cloud Hopper, The Great Upending, Wild Blues, This Is the Story of You, Going Over, and Undercover. A forthcoming picture book will tell the story of Ursula Nordstrom.
To read her essays or find out more about her books, visit her at her website.