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Katherine J. Barrett, Managing Editor: I have an essay in the latest issue of Alternatives Journal (the Art and Media issue) on the maker movement and makerspaces for kids.


Colleen Kearney Rich, Reviews Co-Editor, has a short story, "Wintry Mix," in the issue 5 of Minerva Rising.


Kate Haas, Creative Nonfiction Co-Editor had an essay, The Case for Bribing Kids to Memorize Poetry published by the New York Times Motherlode blog in August.


Jennifer Cognard-Black, Reviews Co-Editor, has a co-written review essay on current books about food, feminism, and race with Psyche Williams-Forson that is out right now with Feminist Studies. Jennifer is also is the editor of the new anthology Books That Cooks: The Making of a Literary Meal.

Caroline Grant, Editor-in-Chief: My news is really Jennifer's, but I'm proud to share: an essay of mine is included in her gorgeous new anthology, Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal (NYU Press). Organized like a cookbook, the collection gathers pieces by an amazing group of writers including M.F.K. Fisher, James Beard, Terry Tempest Williams, Sharon Olds, Sherman Alexie and more. My contribution describes what happened when I decided to clean my mother-in-law's kitchen. It's a wonderfully varied collection, and I'm honored to be part of it!

Jennifer, Caroline, and various contributors will be doing readings in DC, Nebraska, Philadelphia, Columbus, and New York City. Take a look at Jennifer's website for events.


Suzanne Kamata, Fiction Editor: As a child of the 1980s, I was thrilled to be able to suggest music-related books for young adults on I also wrote a blog post on writing, friendship and jealousy for XOJane

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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