Memoir Church

It’s not your Grandma’s Gospel!  Join us LIVE! for 1 hour of Compelling First-Person stories, chock-full of inspiration, passion, and truth.  Manuscript Mentor’s Suze Allen interviews authors, who then read from their memoirs, followed by a moderated Q & A.

First Sundays
4pm EST / 1pm PST


October 1: Susan Hayden
November 5: Miriam Kulick 1

Susan Hayden


1- 2pm PT / 4 – 5pm  ET

Join Suze and her guest Susan Hayden for an exciting discussion, with a reading by the author followed by a Q&A. Susan will be reading from her recently published hybrid memoir, “Now You Are a Missing Person: A Memoir in Poems, Stories, & Fragments” available on Amazon

Susan Hayden is a multigenre writer, published in the anthologies Beat Not Beat (Moon Tide Press); Los Angeles In the 1970s: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine (Rare Bird Books); The Black Body (Seven Stories Press) and elsewhere. She is the Creator, Curator and Producer of Library Girl, a words + music literary series. Originating in 2009 at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica, CA, the show celebrates the written word and features poets, essayists, novelists, playwrights and singer-songwriters. In 2015, she received the Bruria Finkel/Artist in the Community Volunteerism Award from the Santa Monica Arts Foundation. Hayden is also a playwright. Her work has been produced across Los Angeles. She is the proud mother of singer-songwriter Mason Summit, one half of the music duo, The Prickly Pair. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, music journalist Steve Hochman. Hayden’s debut book, Now You Are a Missing Person, a hybrid memoir in poems, stories and fragments, was published in June 2023 by Moon Tide Press.

Three devastating losses are at the heart of Susan Hayden’s lyrical memoir, Now You Are a Missing Person. The suddenness of each of these deaths ― her father, her childhood best friend and her husband ― sparks and guides a series of explorations to claim equilibrium and a sense of self. 

Stories, poems and fragments are woven together to trace Hayden’s search for identity and belonging through lovers and friends, some enduring, some ephemeral. She creates an intimate album of her life, from the 1970s to the present, evoked in an LA populated by troubadours and actors, both shining and fading. 

Raised in an observant Jewish family in the suburban San Fernando Valley, she struggles and finds her footing in an ever-shifting culture of expectations around body image, sexuality, motherhood, widowhood, and autonomy.

Miriam Kulick



1- 2pm PT / 4 – 5pm  ET

For over 30 years Miriam Kulick has been a working actress in theatre, film, and television in the south Florida, New York, and Atlanta markets. For over 15 years she was an acting teacher and has been writing and producing her own work throughout this time.


Miriam will be reading excerpts from her new work, a hybrid memoir performance/narration story: I’m On my Way – A Typical Story of a Middle Class Jewish Girl Growing Up in New York City in the 50s & 60s.


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October 1 Susan Hayden

November 5 Miriam Kulick ​

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