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Celebrating Ten Years of Literary Mama: Christina Marie Speed

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October 2013 marked Literary Mama’s ten year anniversary! On Wednesdays for the next few months we'll celebrate this milestone with editors and columnists, both past and present. They'll share what being a part of Literary Mama has meant to them, what they hope for the future of the magazine, and how Literary Mama has shaped their writing, their mothering, and their lives.


Christina Marie Speed- Literary Reflections Editor

Literary MAMA

(on ten years)


Motherhood nested, the

experience turning a woman inside


seeking, reaching

isolated, and yet sustained

sweeping words and crumbs into

wisps, threads, nourishment

infancy sheds to toddlerhood

as necessary words graduated from

journal to printed page

one click led

to Literary Mama

blushing for want of the bright veneer

cast from motherhood, making


stand in eternal, thundering sense

one click led

to the intersection of writing and

the rest of my


dislocated, centered

in self and

community as

Literary MAMA

Christina Marie Speed writes poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including Caper Journal, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune Online, and The View From Here. She lives with her husband and two sons in a sunny fourth-floor walkup in Brooklyn, New York.

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