The Art of Memory

Art-Memory event


Watch The Art of Memory readings on YouTube. 

Our thanks to Ken Browne Productions for filming this event.




From Marcel Proust to Oliver Sacks, memory has been both a muse and a source of endless literary and scientific inquiry. The BLR's theme issue—“Reconstructions: The Art of Memory”—turns a literary lens to memory as both a critical aspect of human life and a relentlessly precarious process.


LILY BALSEN tours nationally in a solo adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees, staged by master director Wynn Handman. NYC theatre credits include plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Atlantic Stage 2/Potomac Theatre Project, and HERE Arts Center. Regional credits include Barrington Stage (MA), Theatre J (Washington, D.C.), Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Olney Theatre (MD) and Walking the Dog Theatre (NY). She has also recorded audio narration for children's books, and enjoys writing and performing original sketch comedy. She attended Middlebury College.

JINN S.KIM is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company and the Executive Director of Developing Artists, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for underdog teens to reach their full potential through a practical application of the performing arts. Theater credits include: Race, Religion, & Politics by Pulitzer Prize Winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman); NYIT Award winning production of Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen; West Coast Premiere of The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl. Film and TV credits include: Hurricane Streets, Oz, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, How To Make It In America, Power, 11:55, Jessica Jones, About Ray, Feed the Beast.


“Song of Memory” by Ellen Collins (fiction)

“The Trap” by Shawn Campbell (fiction)


“Revision” by Jennifer Molnar

“Fear of Intimacy” by Andrés Cerpa

“Accounting” by Deborah Golub

“The Nature of Memory” by Nicholas Samaras

“Good Measure” by Pamela Schmid (nonfiction)

“Et Tu?” by Cambron Henderson (fiction)