Into Memory

Madison Garber submitted to The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship


In Into Memory, memory is no longer something which resides in the past. Instead, it is a substance which can be extracted and consumed like a hallucinogenic drug, immersing consumers in a vivid and immediate past whose physical effects linger long after the images of that memory disappear. For Paul Mendez, these memories offer an escape from a present defined by grief, while former professional football prospect Calvin Long seeks to reconnect with a past too long stained by regret. For law school student Kara Douglas, selling erotic memories is simply a business transaction—that is until she considers removing the parts of her past that stand in the way of the future she desires. Set in the rolling hills of contemporary Tallahassee, Into Memory explores the relationships that we maintain, for better or worse, with our pasts and what we will do to avoid, restore, or change them.


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About Madison

Florida Atlantic University

Madison Garber is originally from Tallahassee, Florida, where she graduated from Florida State University with a BA in English. This spring, she will graduate with an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University, where she is the managing editor of Swamp Ape Review and a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of English. She also teaches prose and poetry as the 2018–2019 Artist in Residence at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Her work has appeared in Watershed Review.

Her entry, Into Memory, was selected as a finalist for the 2019 Spring Semester prize: