Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

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Announcing the newest issue of Miranda, a zine about motherhood and other adventures by Creative Nonfiction editor Kate Haas. In issue #18:

Kubla Khan in Morocco – How the crushing heat of a North African summer inspired me to memorize a classic poem.

Not the Austins – As a kid, I vowed that my future family would be a model of literary, artistic togetherness, just like Madeleine L'Engle's Austin clan. Let's see how that worked out, shall we?

Homegrown Rituals – A peek into some seasonal celebrations. (Hint: we like fire.)

Swallows and Amazons Forever – Why my kids and I adore a series of eighty-year-old British books.

Bad Decision – "What are some bad decisions people make, Mama?" Oho, little boy, don't get me started!

The Lab Man – A blood draw early in parenthood teaches me a thing or two.

Plus, my boys and Freddie Mercury (!); the Motel of Lost Companions goes back to high school; lots more book reviews; Mama's Stray Thoughts (encompassing the geeky nature of yours truly, some odd kid questions and the shocking truth about volunteering in school); and a recipe for scrumptious cheese puffs.

$2 per issue, ordering information at

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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