“The judgment one gets as a mother—I find that much harder to take than the judgment I get as an author. Maybe because I’ve had a longer time as an author.” Sarah Blake
Holly Rizzuto Palker
“They say that writing is rewriting, and the one thing I’ve learned most after six novels is to trust the editing process. The book changed dramatically from the first draft to the second draft. ” Brenda Janowitz
“It’s a real grown-up move to understand the complexity of making art and raising a family. Writing is hard and lonely and if you take it seriously, you must invest time and money into yourself, which as any parent knows, feels impossible sometimes.” Sarah Cannon
“If there were a risk to me, it would be in not telling this story. And what harm we do to each other when we fail to describe the lived experiences of mothering and motherhood!” Sarah Townsend
“Motherhood So White is the book I wish I’d had at the beginning of my motherhood journey, and it’s the book that so many Black parents need in order to see our experiences and needs reflected and affirmed.” Deesha Philyaw
Nicole Stellon O’Donnell is the mother of two teenagers, a former Literary Mama columnist, and an educator who now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her latest collection of poems explores the life of a teacher.
We publish profiles of writers who are mothers, writers who write about motherhood, and writers who have something to say to mothers. This includes well-known, living mama writers, of course, but also off-beat, lesser-known, not-so-obvious mama writers. Read more here.