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Poetry Wanted for Parent Blessings book

POETRY needed for PARENT BLESSINGS (previously titled PARENT PRAYERS) is geared specifically for parents and will have the same spiritual tone as BABY BLESSINGS. The intention of the book is to provide insight, joy, and support for parents throughout their …

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Women writing op-eds

Fellow LM editor Caroline Grant sent me a link to this recent NYT article about Cathy Orenstein teaching women to write op-eds. My favorite quote? “I try to convey the idea that there is a responsibility,” she said. “Op-ed pages …

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An Interview with Jessica Berger Gross

Jessica Jernigan: What made you decide to put this anthology together? Jessica Berger Gross: I’d always wanted to be a mother and in the months it took me to get pregnant, I came to put more and more stock in …

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Happy Birthday to Literary Mama

Three years ago, LiteraryMama.com hit the web for the first time. Our main mission: connecting mama readers with mama writers. As I look at the scrapbook that commemorates that birth, I see images of the real-time writing support group that …

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The Well-Turned Column

My great-grandfather was a fireman. Not the kind who rescues people from burning buildings; rather, he worked for the railroad, shoveling coal into the firebox of a steam engine. A poorly educated man, he was lucky enough to have a …

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Father Writing: Floundering or Flourishing?

Happy Father’s Day! People who identify as fathers — male or female — join us this month at Literary Mama in honor of fathers and fatherhood. Like other mother-centered publications, we include father writers, even though our focus is not …

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Pat Is a Name, Not an Ending

When I first learned that I was going to be a mother, I called a friend with two young children, who worked as a writer and editor from home. “So,” I asked her, pen in hand, ready to take detailed …

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An Interview with Marion Winik

Winik and Lutz’s Top Ten Myths and Truths of the Writer’s Life 1. You need a lot of time to write. 2. Writing is a great profession to fit in between mothering duties. 3. Real writers write every day. 4. …

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Participant Observation

I get most inspired when I am being held down on a bed by my nipples with no pen in sight. Pardon the pun, but nursing really gets my juices flowing. I often lay in the dark with baby Jiro …

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An Interview with Jennifer Niesslein and Stephanie Wilkinson

Stacey Greenberg: Tell me a little bit about your friendship. Did motherhood bring you two together or were you already friends? I picture the two of you having great intellectual discussions on motherhood over coffee as your kids roll around …

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