Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Creative Nonfiction
2017
Outside/In
Dark Water
Wrestlings
Mother Me
White Noise
Water Baby
Celebrating a Father She Doesn’t Remember
My Father, at Rikers
Christmas Cards
Memories of My Mother
Nursing the Heart
Mother Time
The Support Group
The Carry Home
The Fall
When They Say Your Son is Normal
2016
Happy to Starve
The Guest Room
Unexpected
How to Have a Hysterectomy
The Four Seasons of Longing
An Unrehearsed Song
The Road from Santiago
Second to Second
Routine Visit
Ghosts at the Costco
Putting Down the Needles
Shared History
What’s Left
People in Your Situation
The Care and Feeding of a Carnival Goldfish
Measuring Tape is a Flexible Ruler
The Woods
Ethan and the Question of Death
A Glimpse
What We Made
2015
Let the Building Begin
Composing the Air
Flight Risk
One More Thing
Your Story
The Ambivalent Agnostic: An Adoption Story
Holding Pattern
Absence Makes the Heart
Another Birthday
Bruises
Tongue-Tied
Anatomy of a Mother
O
Truce
Model Mother
Your Every Move
2014
The Neighbor
Flirting with Wilderness
Near Miss
Reminder
The Fixer-Upper
In Harm’s Way
Bodies of Water
Haru-Haru
Swimming These Waters
If We Get Out of this Rite Aid Alive
The Things We Can Not See
Newgrange
The Historian
The Small Things
The Gustavs in My Life
It’s Never Too Early
A Djiboutian Refuge
Seven
My Father’s Arithmetic
The Stranded Bird of Pavia
She Was Here
Navigating Widowhood; My Mother Finds Her Way
Keep, Donate, Discard
Flesh Undone
Flood
Boys
Birds and Bees and Bullets
A Lovely Disposition
Postpartum
Mud and Trees
Landscape
The Neutral Ground
Hootchie-Cootchie Mama
Hold My Hand
Waiting on Rhoda
Lucky Guy
2013
Twenty-nine
Acts of Silence
A Word for When There Are None
Girls Don’t Drive
Beautiful Things
Going Metal
Womb With a View
Tiny Apocalypse
Communion
Origination
A New Millennium Summer
Meltdown
What More, I Say, What More?
The Evergreens
His Beautiful Face
Benjy, Awake
Labyrinth
Same Old Song and Dance
Father Tongue
Dad’s Army Tricks
Sailors
Nihari
Frozen Concentrate
Liver Nights
Sunday Visit
Things That People Say
Ex Utero; A Postpartum Notebook
Mother’s Milk
Clean Start
Kindergarten Pick-Up
Bloom Where You’re Planted
Underwater
Braided Love
2012
Africa or Disney World?
Notes From a Napkin
Wry Neck
In Defense of the Rat
Good to Go
Memorial Day
In the Wild Without Child: One Mother’s Invitation to Self
Dr Dude
The Deeps
Spinning
Kissing the Dark Balloon
Crossing the Milky Way
Writing a Father
Dinner of My Dreams
Unwrapping the Gift
Dutch Elm
Calendar
2011
Driving Lessons
Dare To Love
Natural Family Planning
Going Down to the Water
Once More to Wire Lake
In My Mother’s Garden
Spent
The Garden Party
A Boy Like Mine
2010
Woman Overboard
A Baby’s Cry
As Long As It Takes
Unbraided
The Tipping Point
Perdition
The Words For It
Sustenance
The Summer of Broken Things
Talismans of the Whirlpool
A Letter Never Written, Never Sent
The Tangle River
Wanted
Changing Places
Insights
And I Am The Baseball
The Name Game
Dead and Almost Buried
Mama, Mama, Can’t You See?
Cry, Baby
How to be a Schizophrenogenic Mother
Latching On
Call Me, Ishmael
2009
Christmas Eve at St. Clement
Trap Door
Squirrel For Dinner
I Am A Bad Mother
Third Baby
Inconceivable
Finding My Voice
House of Stone
Swimming Lessons
Drifting To Shore
One Eye Laughing
Leaving My Kids in the Dark
Summons
Fair Division
Nursing Johnny Depp
Beautiful Friend
Advice From My Father
Night Moves
Discarded
Love and Laundry
Mom Takes the Slow Road
Teenagers in Spring
The Forward Motion of an Accidental Death
Kindergarten Season
Bodies of Water
I’d Rather Die by Ice Than by Fire
A Tale of Two Brothers
Arkansas Time
Unassisted
The Loss of Meaningful Things
Nanny
2008
Born of the Dragon
Lice Season
Searching for the Sweet
Getting There
Lala
Seeing in the Dark
Marooned
Surfacing
Unexpecting
Girl Feelings
More Than a Boy
A Mother and a Daughter on the Subject of Men
The Color of Alone
Holding On
Where the World Is
Choosing Daddy
A Tree House of Her Own
Walking Our Mothers
Girl-Shy
A Summer’s Day: Mother to Child
Leaving Neverland
Erosion
Peeling Back the Truth
Varanasi
The Free Range Bionicle
Unprepared for Fury
Dear Em
2007
Human Behavior Experiment
Admissions Roulette
A Kite in November
Our Choice
Testing: One, Two, Three?
Falling to My Knees
Wanting, Waiting
Losing Thomas
Wonder Mold Mother
One True Note
Mom Memory
Love and Money
Bitter, Sweet
I’m Bored
Absolution
Brooklyn Bridge
13 More Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Kyoko’s Mirror
Wedding, Dress, Boy, Pretty
Put the Blender on Frappe
Judgment Day
My Wild Child
The Eyes Have It
Rearview Mirror
Our Boy, Powhatan
Break
Learning to Lie Still
2006
What to Tell the Children
Bringing on Baby: A Journal of Augmentation
Neighbor
Not Alone
Baby Fat
A Good Sense of Timing
The Boys and Baby
See You at the Movies
Prenatal Guru to the Stars
The Green King
Eleven
Down into the Mine
The Great, Death-Defying Father
Poker Face
Arrowhead Hunting
Infant Absolution
Our Son, the Ring Bearer
Failure to Thrive
Normal
A Working Mother’s Day
French Toast and Freedom
The Face In The Mirror
2005
Let Down
Baby’s No Friend Of Mine
Early Frost
A Daughter Like Me
Waiting For Me
He’s Home
The Indecent Question
Mother-Sister
How to Make a Meat Pie and Other Tales of the Ambitious Mother
China Boy
Dad
Books and Dust
Motherkind
Letter to My Niece
Naked in California
Not So Perfect
The Golf Cart Incident
The God Question
Fragile Season
Why My Garden
Blueberries for Mom
Forecasts
Coming of Age at the Grand Canyon
Zen Broccoli
Dare Not Speak: On Not Being the Other Mother
Twelfth Day
Muse of Fire, Muse of Floss
Humber Takes Over the World
Dump Trucks
Morphine and Mother’s Milk
The Plant
A Post Partum Disease Center
Written in the Body
Acts of Contrition
My Mother, My Child
All The Pretty Little Horses
Healing Arts
When You’re Ten
Dear Friend
Red Hurt
Things You Don’t Know
Analyzing Ben
Screaming Mornings: Living with Autism
Shaggy Hair, Sagging Pants, and Split Feelings
Bedtime Stories
Tenuous
Albion Street
Inchworm Turns Three
My Mommy’s Job
Johnny
Grey
The Gift
Raging Mom
Under the Chuppah
Just One?
Tested
My Non-Abortion Era
Having A Boy? Better Luck Next Time: Mothers, Sons and Stereotypes
How to be a Cybermom: Successful Real-Life Avoidance through Obsessive Internet Use
The Power Behind the Pink
Unsung Motherhood
Transparent Motherhood
A Good Enough Birth; A Good Enough Parent
Ask Me About My Abortion
Millennial Grandma
Where Have All the Grandmas Gone?
2004
The Child