This special in-person episode of Writer Mother Monster was filmed at the 2023 CT Lit Fest, hosted at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut.
(October 12, 2023) Janet Garcia-Hallett is a criminal justice professor at the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. As an Afro-Latina mother, Janet has a personal interest in mothers’ experiences before, during, and after incarceration; her non-fiction book, Invisible Mothers: Unseen Yet Hypervisible after Incarceration is based on interviews she conducted throughout New York City with formerly incarcerated mothers of color. Her book shares mothers’ stories and explores how mothers of color navigate motherhood post-incarceration. Janet has 3 children ages 7, 4, and 2, and she describes writer-motherhood in 3 words as Versatile, Determine, Badass.