Mother Writers in History
Did you know that the first poet published in English in America--male or female--was a mother writer? Anne Bradstreet (ca. 1612/13-1672) raised eight children while also writing the poetry that was published in her book The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America (1650). Bradstreet wrote on many subjects, including her life as a mother and grandmother in Puritan America. You can read all her writing in a John Harvard Library edition titled the Works of Anne Bradstreet. You can also read about her life and work in the new biography by Charlotte Gordon titled Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet (2005).
And, finally, you can also check out some of her poetry and a short biography at www.annebradstreet.com
Amy Hudock, Ph.D., is a writer, professor, and editor who lives in South Carolina with her family. She is the co-editor of the books Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined and American Women Prose Writers, 1820-1870. Her work has been anthologized in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort series, as well as in Torn: True Stories of Modern Motherhood, Ask Me About My Divorce, Mama, PhD, and Single State of the Union. She is a co-founder of Literary Mama. Her work has also appeared (or is scheduled to appear) in Skirt!, Equus, The Post and Courier, ePregnancy, and Pregnancy and Baby. She teaches creative writing at Trident Technical College. You can read more about her at her website.
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