I have written the bones for my book length memoir, I call, Memories of Me

I took two semesters of Memoir Workshop with Dr. Edi Giunta in my last two semesters at NJCU. I kept my process journals from her classes. After her classes were over I kept writing. I recently filled three process journals (three Composition notebooks). Edi was my favorite professor at NJCU. She has had such a positive effect on my life. I’ve been to her house where I met her husband who is an NJCU English professor too for the first time Josh Fausty. I’d only heard of Josh Fausty until Memoirfest that December 2014. When I shared at Memoirfest in December 2014 and May 2015 it was Josh Fausty, Edi Giunta and my peers who responded positively. I want to write a full two hundred page book length memoir I call, Memories of Me. One of my best poems that got featured on www.poetrysoup.com is called “Me. A poem about my illness”. I remember that book Black Like Me by an author I cannot name. I am so greatful to Edi Giunta. I was one of very few African American students in her class and yet she chose my memoir(she affectionately calls my Schizophrenia autobiography) out of all of her students’s memoirs two semesters in a row. Edi says my memoir writing style is idiosyncratic. It was me, Ayesha Karim, that Edi Giunta chose to support and invest her time and attention in both semesters I took  her for Memoir Workshop and Advanced Memoir Workshop . Thank you Edi, a Sicilian American and an Italian American woman memoirist and English professor. I became an African American woman writer at the age of 33. I’m 35 now and I’ve started writing my Schizophrenia autobiography (my memoir) . I am an NJCU alumna! How awesome. How cool. I feel part of the NJCU community more now than ever before because I took Memoir my last two semesters at NJCU with Edi.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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