Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

Every week, as we return and check out, we collectively affirm both the value of books and the value of libraries, where we learn, discover, shift focus, reinvigorate our interests, vivify our memory, grow, commune.

Time shifts like water
these days; we might be in the ocean
or the pool.

I find myself driving our mazy streets,
one hand slung behind the headrest
to stroke his cheek, the other palming

the wheel I am too tired to grip.

The discipline of sports carries over significantly to my writing. You show up to practice every day and work hard, whether you feel like it or not. You understand that you won’t always win, that the work is not always pleasant. And that your ability to endure difficulty and discomfort is as important as your talent.


We can make our symbols, share our love, and push down the ache. We can create our own kind of magic, full of stories and light and possibility.

Your mother cleans all day. It is hot and humid, and she is pregnant with your brother.

For this month's Essential Reading, we beg the question: is the book always better than the movie?


Our growing list of homophones has hung on the corkboard in our pantry for 15 years.

Time shifts like water / these days; we might be in the ocean / or the pool.


Only loosely am I connected to my self / which seems to drag far in our wake


Oh, come lay your hands upon him, / speak in tongues and song and words of ancients


Red, like the fear she gave. / Mother Mary Full of Grace, protect us from this / battered lace.


Beneath the red smock she wore like a gown / two hearts beat. Hidden.

Author Mary Volmer discusses the value of applying to residency programs and the similarities between playing sports and writing.


Tina Parker speaks about the art and science of writing and facilitating creativity.

In Beyond Rainman, Anne K. Ross ably wields the dual perspectives of mother and professional psychologist, showing from multiple perspectives what autism looks and feels like.


Whether Leslie Contreras Schwartz is examining the bodily experience of bearing children, the remembered experience of her own childhood, her present relationship to children, or stories and images of children, they're presented in continuity.