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Spend Mother’s Day Month with Literary Mama!
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Literary Mama celebrates Mother’s Day all month long with fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, essays, author profiles, and book reviews. This month, we’re also adding two timely new columns to our roster:

“Multi-Culti Mami,” by Violeta Garcia-Mendoza, will revisit the author’s tangled loyalties from a bilingual and bicultural childhood and motherhood. Born to an American mother and a Spanish father and raised between Spain and the US, Violeta went on to marry an American, English-speaking man and settle in Pennsylvania, where she and her husband are raising three Guatemalan-born children in a multicultural American family. “Multi-Culti Mami” will offer the perspective of one member of the growing bilingual, bicultural presence in this county, and give a behind-the-scenes look at how one family, particularly, is making that look and work in their home. It will speak to any mother who struggles with what it’s like to come to terms with her own history and difference as the head of a family.

“Great Green Room,” by Stephanie Hunt, will focus on ecology and family. Moms everywhere can recite it by heart: “In the great green room, there was a telephone, and a red balloon, and a picture of….” Ah yes, this litany of stuff, this innocuously sweet, sing-songy consumer mantra that we feed our kids from the earliest board book get-go. But what about the other Great Green Room, the one chock full of natural wonder and an increasingly at-risk eco-system? How do we as parents, as providers and protectors of the next generation, respond to a threatened environment before we, indeed, are saying “Goodnight Moon?” The column is not a how-to with recycled go-green tips, but personal reflections on the struggles, challenges and what’s at stake, from a mom who is committed but conflicted.

Literary Mama publishes new work every week by mothers, about motherhood, for everyone. May also brings columnists Ericka Lutz writing on family food; Libby Gruner on graphic novels for teens; Caroline Grant on Autism: The Musical; 12-Step Mama taking the 10th step, Ona Gritz realizing that she's become the kind of writer her mother loved to read, and the final installment of Zen and the Art of Child Maintenance. Finally, look for a profile of Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile, authors of I Was A Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids and Dirty Little Secrets From Otherwise Perfect Moms and an essay by Jessica Smartt Gullion about writing through family interruptions.

Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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