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Congrats to these LM staffers!

Joanne Hartman, Profiles Co-Editor: "My essay, She's Mad, was published in The Monthly. I wrote it a few years ago, in my past life as a middle school teacher, and dug it up after receiving a call for submissions for the theme "Crossing A Line." I love the illustration they designed to accompany it."

Kate Haas, Creative Nonfiction Editor: "A few months into my first pregnancy, my mother sent me a box of maternity clothes. Her old maternity clothes. The story of those dowdy, 35-year-old dresses was recently published on Salon. I knew the minute I opened the box and pulled out the first item--a bilious, green smock with blue polka dots--that I wouldn't be wearing any of those dresses, but I would definitely be writing about them."

Rebecca Steinitz, Columnist: "After seventeen years, two moves, one dissertation, five jobs (including one with tenure), two children, seven research trips, and countless essays, reviews, articles, and columns, my book, Time, Space, and Gender in the Nineteenth-Century British Diary will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2011. The book is based initially on my dissertation, augmented by those research trips, and excerpted into a few of those articles from the past. I'm frantically revising, formatting, and trawling archives for photographs, and am happy to report that the final stages of writing a book are more satisfying than I had ever imagined."

Karna Converse, Blog Editor: "An essay I wrote with my daughter, 'Doin' the Macarena with My Dad,' appears in the February/March issue of Our Iowa. It explores the daddy-daughter bond in terms of our community's annual Father-Daughter Dance. We originally wrote the essay as a Father's Day card, complete with photos of each dance they've attended. You can read the essay on my blog, and if you have Google Docs, you can view a pdf of the two-page spread."

Christina Marie Speed, Literary Reflections Editor: "I'm excited about my new position as an intern with Upstart Crow Literary here in Brooklyn! Over the past few months, I have applied for various editorial internships in the larger publishing houses, but have found most only hire college students as interns. I, sadly, do not fit that category, even though I feel my writing career is that young. With each rejection, I polished my resume and cover letter further. I pursued another editing class. I continued to read and write and submit. The Upstart Crow posting did not list 'recent or current college grad' as one of its qualifications; it simply listed the skills desired in the intern. I followed my instincts and went for it."

The Literary Mama Blog Editor searches for mama-centric news you can use — including information about publishing opportunities and literacy efforts; essays and writing prompts that motivate and inspire; and announcements about events, classes, and workshops. The current blog editor is Bridget Lillethorup; read her bio here

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What a talented group of ladies! Congratulations!
Congratulations to all of you! I especially liked hearing the story behind each accomplishment! The only thing better would be to have a bottle of bubbly for toasting! I'm pleased and proud to be in your company.
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