“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.
I love poetry outreach! I want people to think of poetry as part of their daily life, as a way to honor it, to remember it, etc. I tell folks, “It’s better than Sudoku! It keeps the brain agile!”
I do tend to mythologize childhood, as a terrain to visit in search of understanding. I think this comes from my obsession with time. I want to arrest time, to harness it in the body of poems, and when I look to childhood for keys to how adults act in the now, I go searching with a measure of both envy and empathy.
Andrea J. Buchanan’s 2018 memoir, The Beginning of Everything, explores Buchanan’s battle with an incapacitating cerebrospinal fluid leak. It tells of the painful period where she searched for answers in the face of neurological damage, while also redefining her life as she and her husband divorced and continued to raise their children.
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.