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Though we know memories can be subjective and unreliable, we allow them to frame how we see the world and one another. What happens, then, when someone we love begins to lose their memory? And how can we who are part of our memories see them as not solid truth, but pieces of our identity? Between Memories raises these questions, exploring the relationship between language, memory, the body, and what remains when we forget.

Kathleen Martin — creator, poet, artist of page backgrounds
Kathleen Martin is a Midwestern transplant to South Florida. She is an MFA candidate at Florida University, where she studies poetry and teaches. She is also a poetry editor of the emerging literary magazine, Swamp Ape Review.

Paul Kisling — memory illustrator
Paul Kisling is one of those Americans that live in Japan. He can be found melting in the Gunma heat. An enthusiastic animator and illustrator, his work ranges from naturalism to fantasy with a focus on narrative. Find out more about his work at paulkisling.com.

Samuel Novick — web engineer
Samuel Novick is a native to South Florida. He may sound like he’s a Northerner from the way he speaks, but don’t let that fool you! He is also the co-founder and web engineer of HyenaUnderground.com, a small activist company that donates money to Planned Parenthood with every purchase.

Many thanks to all those who provided with feedback and encouragement while this project developed — you know who you are. Thank you also to everyone who completed the lengthy, emotionally daunting survey with such attention and insight. Most of all, I hold so much gratitude for those who trusted me to listen to their encounters with Alzheimer’s and to share them in this format.

Behind the three sections — The text content of Between Memories comes from interviews with those close to Alzheimer’s sufferers, and surveys about memory’s role in self-perception and daily life.

Erasure poetry was made using the text of these interviews. Words in erasure can only be subtracted, not added.

Find color — Click the colored leaves, windows and stars to read part of someone’s memory.