Writer Mother Monster is a conversation series devoted to dismantling the myth of having it all and offering writer-moms solidarity, support, and advice as we make space for creative endeavors.

WHERE TO WATCH: The episodes below will be be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube, then archived right here as a video, audio podcast, and transcript.

May 5 at 6 PM (ET)
Poets Writing Motherhood

With Emily Pérez and Nancy Reddy, co-editors of The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood (UGA, 2022).

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May 12 at 12 PM (ET)
Special Episode: Writing Motherhood & Performance

With Jo Piazza and Sara Petersen

May 19 at 6 PM (ET)
Elana Bell

Elana Bell is the author of Mother Country (BOA Editions in 2020), poems about fertility, motherhood, and mental illness. She is also the founder of the Mother-Artist Salon, a virtual community dedicated to supporting mothers in their artistic practice. Elana’s debut collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012), was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and brings her complex heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

May 26 at 6 PM (ET)
Writing Motherhood & Sex

With Tracey Livesay, Cat Sebastian, Julie Tieu

TBD at 6 PM (ET)
Chandra Prasad

Chandra Prasad is the author of Mercury Boys, Damselfly, and On Borrowed Wings, among other books, and she is the originator and editor of Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience. A combination of Indian, Italian, Swedish, and English, Prasad drew inspiration from her own multiracial identity in assembling the book, which has been adopted in university-level English courses across the country. Her short works have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Week, Teen Voices, and Faultline. Chandra lives and works in Connecticut.

Bich (“Beth”) Minh Nguyen

Beth Minh Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, the novels Short Girls and Pioneer Girl, and the forthcoming memoir in essays, Owner of a Lonely Heart. Her awards and honors include an American Book Award, a PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center, a Bread Loaf fellowship, and best book of the year honors from the Chicago Tribune and Library Journal. Beth’s work has also appeared in numerous anthologies and publications including The New Yorker, The Paris ReviewThe New York Times, and Literary Hub. She is a professor in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Taylor Harris

Taylor Harris’s debut memoir, This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown (Catapult, 2022) follows the blatant racism that dominates the medical world and the brutal challenges that Black women face, especially when it comes to matters of their health. Taylor explores what happens when a mother bumps up against the limits of everything she thought she believed––about science and medicine, about motherhood, and about her faith––in search of the truth about her son (and how ultimately, doing genetic testing in the hopes to find out what was wrong with her child ultimately helped save her own life).

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the New York Times best-selling illustrated collection of nature essays and Kirkus Prize finalist, WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, & OTHER ASTONISHMENTS (2020, Milkweed Editions), which was chosen as Barnes and Noble’s Book of the Year. She has four previous poetry collections: OCEANIC (Copper Canyon Press, 2018), LUCKY FISH (2011), AT THE DRIVE-IN VOLCANO (2007), and MIRACLE FRUIT (2003), the last three from Tupelo Press.  Her most recent chapbook is LACE & PYRITE, a collaboration of epistolary garden poems with the poet Ross Gay. In 2021, she became the first-ever poetry editor for SIERRA magazine, the story-telling arm of The Sierra Club. She is professor of English and Creative Writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Jodie Patterson

Jodie Patterson is an author and LGBTQAI advocate who has been recognized for her activism by Hillary Clinton and was named a Champion of Change by The United Nations. When Jodie’s son announced at the age of three, “Mama I’m not a girl. I’m a boy”, she set out to inform herself, shift her own bias and change the way her community understood gender. She chronicles that journey in her memoir, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation – hailed by Alice Walker as “Marvelous.” Her second book, Born Ready: The True Story Of A Boy Named Penelope, allows her children’s voice to be heard. She is the Board Director with the Human Rights Campaign and works closely with HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council and the Advisory Board of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project. She lives in Brooklyn where she co-raises her five children.

TBD at 6 PM (ET)
Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, DeathlessRadiance, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (and the four books that followed it). She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Sturgeon, Eugie Foster Memorial, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus, and Hugo awards, as well as the Prix Imaginales. Catherynne has also been a finalist for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but growing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

Lindsay King-Miller

Lindsay King-Miller received her BA from the University of Arizona and her MFA from Naropa University. She has been writing the advice column “Ask A Queer Chick” for The Hairpin since 2011, and has contributed to, Bitch Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Toast, and other publications. She lives in Denver with her partner, a lot of books, and two very spoiled cats. She does not have an indoor voice. 

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