Once again, Literary Mamas have been busy.
Literary Mama Columnist and Senior Columns Editor Rachel Sarah's Flawed and Fabulous Moms is May's Big Story on BabyCenter.com. In her article, Rachel interviews a number of real-life, imperfect mothers about topics like maternal guilt and the myth of doing it all -- a much-needed message at a time when we are likely to be bombarded with the images of toned, devoted, changing-a-diaper-is-better-than-winning-an-Oscar, seemingly-perfect celebrity mothers in the lead up to Mother's Day. A number of LM contributors are quoted and there is a nice link to Literary Mama.
Associate Profiles Editor Helaine Olen's wonderful essay Meet You at the Sandboox -- After Class appeared in the April 30 edition of the Washington Post. In it, she challenges the necessity of baby music/gym/language classes and focuses on the need for free play.
Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined was given a lovely review by Kim Moldofsky (who blogs at Hormone-Colored Days) in Chicago Parent. "Savor this collection of works like a box of fine chocolates," she writes.
Literary Mama contributor Linda Blaskey (Babysitter) recently read with Delaware's Poet Laureate Fleda Brown as part of National Poetry Month.
Literary Mama Poetry Editor Rachel Iverson has launched her website for MomsWrite, a writing workshop for mothers in New York City.
Managing Editor Andrea Buchanan is busy with the launch of her newest anthology, It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters. Last week, Andi read from her essay "Dirty Laudry Saved My Baby's Life," which is featured in Therese Borchard's recently released anthology, The Imperfect Mom. On April 27, there was a broadcast of her interview on Lisa Belkin's "Life's Work" show on XM Satellite Radio's "Take Five" channel, and Andi and a number of the book's contributors spoke at a MotherTalk in Philadelphia. This past Saturday there was a MotherTalk in Bethesda, MD featuring Andi, Miriam Peskowitz (The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars), and Marion Winik (Above Us Only Sky). An interview with Andi will be featured in USA Today's May 10th Mother's Day edition and Andi will be making the following appearances in the upcoming weeks:
Monday, May 1, 10 am - I'll be on Philadelphia's morning TV show "10!" on NBC 10 talking about "It's a Girl"
Wednesday, May 3, 7 pm - "It's a Girl" reading at Barnes & Noble featuring myself and local contributors at the Rittenhouse Square Barnes & Noble, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, May 10, 10 am - Speaking at a meeting of the Neighborhood Parenting Program, 4620 Griscom Street, Philadelphia
Saturday, May 13, 2 pm - "Mamapalooza" reading at Coliseum Books, NYC
Saturday, May 13, 7:30 pm - MotherTalk featuring me and Miriam Peskowitz talking about "It's a Girl," hosted by Alpha Mom, New York, NY
Sunday, May 14, 6 pm - Radio interview on "Positive Living" WTKF 107.3