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Going to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Boston? Join Literary Mama editors Caroline M. Grant, Kate Hopper, and Nicole Stellon O'Donnell at their two panels; you can also meet Caroline at her publisher's booth, Roost 2808, Friday March 8th from 2 - 3 PM.

Micro Macro: Public and Private Poetic Histories
Friday, March 8th, 1:30 - 2:45 PM
Room 309, Level 3

with Tess Taylor, Garrett Hongo, David Mason, Nicole Stellon O’Donnell, Hilda Raz.

Before there was history, there was poetry, which has played a crucial role in our attempts at civilizational record keeping. In an era that draws a sharp division between poetry and the scholarly realm of history, what does it mean for history to be poetic, or for poetry to be historical? How does poetry navigate the divide between the personal and the collective? This panel will explore how poets use history (or history uses poets) to explore the intersection of public and private life.

My Son Is Perfect: Writing (Honestly) About Your Own Kids
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Saturday, March 9th
3 – 4:15 PM
Room 110, Plaza Level

With Marybeth Holleman, Hope Edelman, Lisa Couturier, and Kate Hopper.

As more mothers find time and courage to write about motherhood, we face unique challenges, especially with nonfiction. One that looms large is how to write honestly about our own children, for whom we have unconditional love and no small amount of adoration. How do we find the distance to write more than the idealized version, to portray our children as the complex characters they are? How do we walk the fine line between telling stories honestly and protecting our own very real children?

Are you on an AWP panel yourself? Please leave the details in a comment. We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

Caroline M. Grant served on the editorial board of Literary Mama for over ten years, including five as Editor-in-Chief. She is currently Associate Director of the Sustainable Arts Foundation, which provides grants to writers and artists with children.

She is the co-editor of two anthologies: The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat (Roost Books, 2013) and Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life (Rutgers University Press, 2008). Her column, Mama at the Movies, ran on Literary Mama for six years; she has published essays in a number of other journals and anthologies.

She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons; she writes about food and family on her blog and at Learning to Eat. Visit her website for more information, including clips from her radio and television events.

Caroline is former editor-in-chief for Literary Mama.

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