Community memoirs: unique biographies

Creative Forces Publishing developed a unique format for telling a life story – the community memoir. Rather than imposing a biographer’s spin on the vast complexities of someone’s life, many dozens of perspectives are woven together with photos and memorabilia in chapters that allow friends, family and community members to tell it the way they saw it. The reader feels these people are in his living room sharing their intimate memorable anecdotes, insight and feelings about the featured person.

Multicultural Seattle

CFP’s community memoirs about two African American Seattleites feature narratives by blacks, whites and Asians, demonstrating that people can and do bond across racial boundaries. Remembering Ralph Hayes and Jimi Hendrix, Voices from Home are both excellent source books for classes in multicultural studies. Central Seattle’s rich history of positive race relations in the 1950’s and sixties is reflected in stories about its music, Garfield High School, friendships and organizations like the Church of the People and Christian Friends for Racial Equality. While covert racism plays a role in these neighborhood stories, as does blatant racism in all-white neighborhoods, both books reflect the power of a diverse community and the motto, “what we have in common is greater than our differences.”

Historian Ralph Hayes taught Jimi at Garfield and encouraged him to make music a career.

CFP frames life in words and images

As children we loved picture books. At CFP we love words, but we believe illustrations expand and intensify the reader’s experience – so we are using the retro filmstrip as a banner to celebrate images. Nurturing the right brain, where images are processed, helps prevent our word-processing left-brains from getting overloaded. (If you suffer from busy-mind syndrome, you may be interested in how hypnotherapy can help to calm the mind.

Upcoming publications

Future books include e-books about dreams and hypnotherapy.