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From the Editor, March 2018

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Image by Susan Ito. See more of Susan's work on Instagram, @itoscribe

The lights in the entryway of the small museum my husband and I had entered were dim, but a small spotlight shone down on the presenter and the main exhibit, magnifying and dramatizing the statues behind him and each phrase of his ten-minute welcome. His voice alternated between booms of emphasis to nearly-whispered thoughts designed to leave us pondering. I nodded my head in understanding, furrowed my brow in wonderment, and sighed in astonishment as he described the exhibits we were about to see.

We spent nearly two hours in that museum, and I hope the dozen or so notes I made in my journal will trigger my memory with additional details when I recall this visit to friends and family. One comment, however, remains vivid: "History," the presenter said, "is written from the perspective of the one who holds the pen. This museum is our turn to tell our history."

YES! I thought. THAT is why I write! To explore my history, to share my perspective, and to choose the pen with which to write.

That same sentiment also informs every decision we make at Literary Mama, because we believe every mother has a story worth sharing and because we're committed to sharing those stories. I hope the image on this page, created specifically for us by former Literary Mama editor Susan Ito, encourages you to "hold the pen"--and I hope you'll let us read what you've written. We're particularly interested in pieces for our May and June special issues. Read more details here.

Welcome to our March issue.


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The Sound of a Calling: The Match by Julianne Palumbo

Carriage by Sabrina Hicks

Literary Reflections
In Search of a New Writing Nook by Maria Odessky Rosen
Essential Reading: Road Trip compiled by Nerys Copelovitz

Birth Plan by Jaclyn Desforges
At the Parent-Teacher Meeting by Carolyn Harris Zukowski
The Sorrow of Small Laundry by Farah Marklevits
Birthday Cake by Amanda Niehaus
Full Circle by Kristen Elde

A Conversation with Katia D. Ulysse by Christina Consolino

A Review of Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History by Jo-Ann Reid
A Review of the sun and her flowers by Liz Petrone

Images by Susan Ito and Heather Vrattos

Karna Converse is a freelance writer who’s written everything from technical documentation and price proposals to newsletter articles, devotionals, personal profiles and essays. Her essays have been published in a variety of regional and national publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, Notre Dame Magazine, the Cup of Comfort and Chicken Soup anthologies, Our Iowa, and on Iowa Public Radio. She and her husband are parents to three young adults. Karna is a former blog editor, senior editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief of Literary Mama.

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Susan Ito is the author of The Mouse Room and co-editor of the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption). Her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Literary Mama, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves and elsewhere. She writes and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, Mills College, and BayPath University.

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