Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood

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Congrats to these LM staffers!

Kate Hopper, Literary Reflections Editor: "I'm thrilled to announce that my first book, Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers, will be published by Viva Editions in April 2012. Use Your Words is a guide to the art of creative nonfiction for women who want to give written expression to their lives as mothers. It includes excerpts of quality writing about motherhood (including pieces by Literary Mama editors and contributors!) and teaches readers how to find the heart of their writing, learn to use motherhood as a lens through which to write the world, and turn their motherhood stories into art. This book developed from my classes for mother writers, which I've been teaching at the Loft Literary Center and online for the past five years. I'm so excited that this content will be accessible to so many more mothers now."

Suzanne Kamata, Fiction Editor: "My essay, 'Home, at Last,' appears in the June 2011 issue of Real Simple. I wrote it in response to the multiple disasters that struck Japan, my home of over twenty years, on March 11. Although my family and I live far from the devastation, we - and everyone else connected to Japan - were deeply affected by the tragedy. Many expatriates, decided to leave the country. I wanted to stay."

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 Rudri Patel; read her bio here.

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