Abigail G. H. Manzella writes creative nonfiction and has received scholarships and fellowships for places such as the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research. Trained in both literary scholarship and creative writing, she has taught at the University of Missouri, Yeshiva University, Centre College, Tufts, and the University of Virginia. Some of her essays and other writing have appeared in places such as The Rumpus, The Millions, Bust, The Kenyon Review, and Middlebury Magazine, and her scholarly book Migrating Fictions: Gender, Race, and Citizenship in U.S. Internal Migrations was released in January from The Ohio State University Press. While at PlySpace, she will be working on her book project Burning Through History.
Burning Through History is a book of creative nonfiction that will engage with Abby’s personal experiences growing up in Pennsylvania while also addressing the role of fire in the state and nation’s understanding of itself from its very foundation. Fire is used to knock down some while helping others to rise from the ashes. Utilizing her knowledge of American history and the personal essay, she asks how this most dangerous of natural elements reveals the nation and the individuals that we are. She looks forward to learning about the role of fire in Indiana’s past.
Abby will be working with the Muncie Public Library and Minnetrista to conduct research and offer a lecture on her work and process.