mem-noir: [mem-nwär] NOUN, A memoir, written in short paragraphs or verse, concerned with being a person of the Black race within the context of a specified subject, time period, or circumstance. Visual art or photographs, especially biographical in nature, are often incorporated.
Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) is an upcoming two-pronged project--a memoir and exhibition--in which Woolford explores her early childhood in a planned integrated American town, amidst this nation's legacy of enslavement of Black people, like her. The book includes an appendix on Black Freedom Visionaries from her hometown of Columbia, Maryland.
In 2020, the Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) book will launch with support from Busboys and Poets, and the exhibition will premiere that October at a show of Woolford's work at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at the Smith Center in Washington, DC.
Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir) is supported in part by a Changemaker Challenge Award sponsored by Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland, a NES Artist Residency in Iceland, an upcoming Storyknife Writers Residency, and a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. (Thank you to the Maryland State Arts Council's Creativity Grant program! To discover more about MSAC and how they impact Maryland, visit msac.org.)
An Appendix to the book Disrupt/ed (a mem-noir)