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Congrats to these Literary Mama editors and contributors!

Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, Columns Editor and Columnist: "I have been guest blogging at 49 Writers in June and July. In one of my posts, I confronted the death of poetry head on. In another, I revealed what poets actually do all day."

Suzanne Kamata, Fiction Editor: "I'm featured in a new e-book on motherhood and creativity, Six Creative Practices for the Early Years by Miranda Hersey.

Kristina Riggle, Fiction Editor: "My newest novel, Keepsake has been released! It garnered a starred review from Booklist, and bloggers have praised it, such as The Devourer of Books review which called it 'an incredibly compelling and engaging story ... but Riggle never makes things pat or maudlin.'"

Heather (Cori) Rader, Columnist, Perfectly Normal: "My book, Side by Side: Short Takes on Best Practice for Teachers and Literacy Leaders, has just been published. Three years ago I attended a writing retreat. I'd been toying with idea of writing on sarcasm in the classroom. Over the long retreat weekend, I met with writing coaches periodically. Two different coaches said, 'We think there are two different pieces here, not one.' No surprise, they were right. I explored sarcasm once through the lens of a teacher and in a paired essay through the lens of an instructional coach. A few months later I found a publisher who wanted both articles and then said, 'Do you have any more paired essays?' I started exploring issues and strategies that both teachers and literacy leaders face in the classroom through paired essays. At the time I didn't know it, but the concept of what would later become my first book, Side by Side, was born."

Lindsey Mead, Contributor: "The Huffington Post published The Story I Can't Stop Telling. The piece came out of the impetus that propels all of my writing: to preserve these swollen moments of my life at this particular moment, with my children. Even as I sink into the experiences I feel them running through my fingers, and paying close attention, and then writing them down, is the only way I know to cope with my fear that I'll miss it all."

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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