HippoCamp 2022 Speaker Q&A: Lindsey DeLoach Jones

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Lindsey DeLoach Jones is the current writer-in-residence at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and has taught literature and fiction writing at Clemson University and served as editor-in-chief of Emrys Journal and Edible Upcountry. Lindsey was kind enough to answer a few questions about her upcoming trip to Lancaster for our annual writing conference:


Q: Tell us a little about your involvement this year at HippoCamp.

A: I’m leading a breakout session about the importance of keeping a writer’s notebook. Over the past few years, I’ve seen this practice catapult my writing forward, both as a repository for ideas and a process game-changer. I am excited to share what I’ve learned from my own notebooks and the notebooks of my students.

Q: Our motto is “memorable creative nonfiction.” Tell us about one of the more recent memoirs, essay collections, or individual essays you’ve read and why it was memorable.

A: One of the best memoirs I read this year was THE UGLY CRY by Danielle Henderson. Funny and gut-wrenching at the same time.

Q: What made you decide to participate in HippoCamp this year as a speaker?

A: I served as writer-in-residence at a gifted arts high school last year, and as a result I was overflowing with craft ideas I wanted to share.

Q: What’s going to keep you busy between now and HippoCamp?

A: I’m home with my kids during the summer, so we’re staying up late to watch lightning bugs and catch frogs, and we’re eating lots of ice cream and watermelon.

Q: Since you’ll also be attending the conference, when you’re not wearing your “speaker hat,” what are you most looking forward to learning or doing?

A: I love the breakout sessions and always get plenty of new pitch ideas.

Q: We love introducing Lancaster to attendees. What are you looking forward to?

A: The little chocolate shop near the hotel 🙂


We can’t wait for Lindsey to join us this year! HippoCamp 2022, a creative nonfiction conference sponsored by Hippocampus Magazine and Books, is Aug. 12-14 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For more information or to register, visit our official conference website here.

(Learn more about the conference and see details of all previous years at our magazine website’s HippoCamp page.)

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