Having the intense physical beauty of the islands juxtaposed with the naked violence against women became extremely important to me because it helped me show the shattering of that stereotypical tropical island. Here are real people who you find all over the world, here are their stories that have long been unheard. Listen.
That’s why I decided to write a memoir about it—to document our miraculous transformation, which wouldn’t have happened if I had gone on the trip intending to write a book. I would have been preoccupied as a writer instead of being fully present as a mother and it was that pure, profound presence we both brought to the trip that created a bond between us we both knew would last. And it has.
Laurie Paravati Phillips
She suffered multiple miscarriages and understood that she would never become a biological mother. Glaspell sadly wrapped and put away the gifts of baby clothes, saving them until the end of her life. She wrote to her father, “Things that we love can be taken away from us; but what that loving had made of us is a thing we do not lose.” In her wisdom, she saw that her tragic losses shaped her character and writing, and led her to explore broader ideas of family.
I continue to grapple with and discover more about recurring topics by approaching such from different angles. So, in this collection of flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and more traditional short stories, you’ll again find works that explore child/parent relationships, power and silences in women’s voices, the relationship of body and spirit, the struggles of living in an unsafe world, and baseball. Many of the stories address more than one of these because, well, that’s what life does.
Then, I had a kid, and he was a horrible baby. I was so tired, and I had no idea what had happened to me. All the ideas I had about napping and walking and having this schedule, I had to throw out the window. I don’t know if I was a bad mom really, but I was miserable as the mom of an infant, and that was unexpected . . . and humbling.
And the truth is that very little in most modern, Western kids’ lives is a tiger. As an editor, I would frequently get essays that were written in the heat of the moment that I would return and say, “Look, I get that this is going to seem crazy, but you need about a year to process this, and then I’d love to hear back from you.”
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