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Many years ago, around 2005 or so, I participated in a popular writing meme following a template that gave a wonderful result. It combines something of the many “about me” formats, but with a decidedly more aesthetic outcome.

So many bloggers were creating posts using it that there was a whole new meme of linking to their published efforts in something of an index.

Enough years passed that it is “new again”, and while trying to locate the original template, it gave me enough rabbit trails that I thought it would be a good idea to post it here.

I had found it on “Praties Place” …. who had got it from “Fragments From Floyd” …. who seems to have either been inspired by or who had gotten it from the poem, Where I’m From by George Ella Lyons.

This last source was found on a page no longer actively on the internet (found deep in the webarchives). I will cite it from that page:

“Where I’m From” appears in George Ella Lyon’s Where I’m From, Where Poems Come From, a poetry workshop-book for teachers and students, illustrated with photographs by Robert Hoskins and published by Absey & Co, Spring, Texas, 1999.”


For the WHERE I’M FROM Format:

I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______.I am from the _______ (home description… adjective, adjective, sensory detail).

I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail)

I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name).

I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one).

From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another).

I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description.

I’m from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family).

From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member).

I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).

I hope you enjoy using this to create your own memorable autobiography in poetry and prose.