Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Call for Submissions: Demeter Press

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Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection on Mother of Invention: How Our Mothers Influenced us as Feminist Academics and Activists.

Co-editors: Vanessa Reimer and Sarah Sahagian

Publication Date: 2014


This anthology will bring together essays from feminist activists and academics alike. The goal of this anthology is to act as an antidote to matrophobia and mother-blaming by bringing together a variety of feminist narratives about how our mothers, intentionally or not, have influenced and inspired our feminist work and identities. The purpose of this book is to show mothers as a productive force in their children's development. While not exclusively a celebration, this anthology will affirm mother work's importance.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

Race, ethnicity, sexuality, lesbian mothering , class, ability, age, religion, feminist mothering, empowered mothering, maternal thinking, intensive mothering, diasporic mothering, social mothering/community mothering, lone mothering/single parent mothering, foster mothering, adoptive mothering, transgendered mothering, mothers in the academy, activist mothering, mothers and work, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, motherlines, cultural bearing, othermothering, matroreform, challenging matraphopia, feminist mothering, feminist allegiances/alliances across the generations, modeling/mentoring feminism, radical mothering, young mothers/mothering, maternal activism/movements, mothers and daughters and 2nd/3rd/4th wave feminism, mothering and migration, feminism in a global context.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts: 250 Words. Please include a brief biography (50 words) (and include citizenship information).

Please send submissions to both and

Subject Line: Mother of Invention Abstract

Deadline for Abstracts is September 15, 2011.

Accepted papers of 2000 to 5000 words in length (7 to 20 pages) will be due March 15, 2012 and should conform to APA style.

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Jessica DeVoe Riley, MS, is a special educator in rural California. Her writing has won the South West Writers competition and is published in Thema and Marginalia. She currently writes for the Council for Exceptional Children’s Reality 101 blog for new teachers. You can reach her through her personal blog, All Rileyed Up, or follow her on Twitter.

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