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 and audio podcast.

January 31 at 6 PM (ET)
Lisa Czarina Michaud

Lisa Czarina Michaud is an American novelist of Italian-Mexican origins whose work is inspired by her life experiences. She attended The Evergreen State College before stumbling through adulthood in Los Angeles. In 2009, she followed in the footsteps of her jazz-singing grandmother and moved to France where she currently resides. Slanted and Disenchanted is her first novel.

February 9 at 6 PM (ET)
Artress Bethany White

Artress Bethany White, associate professor of English at East Stroudsburg University, is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the Trio Award for her poetry collection My Afmerica: poems (Trio House Press, 2019). Her essay collection, Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity, received a 2022 Next Generation Finalist Indie Book Award and is listed as a CLMP social justice read. Artress’s research interests include American slave archives and contemporary African American prose and poetics.

February 14 at 6 PM (ET)
Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai’s last novel, THE GREAT BELIEVERS, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the Clark Prize, and the LA Times Book Prize; and it was one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels THE BORROWER and THE HUNDRED-YEAR HOUSE, and the collection MUSIC FOR WARTIME—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. A 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada University and Northwestern University, and is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Her new novel, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU, is forthcoming in February, 2023. She has 2 kids ages 12 and 15.

February 21 at 6 PM (ET)
Samantha Silva

Samantha Silva is an author, playwright, and screenwriter based in Idaho. She’s sold film projects to Paramount, Universal, and New Line Cinema. Mr. Dickens and His Carol, her debut novel, was published by Flatiron Books (2017), followed by Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft (Flatiron Books/2021). Samantha wrote and directed her award-winning short script, THE BIG BURN, which premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2017. Her work appears in One Story and Commissioned by Seattle Repertory Theater, she adapted her first novel for the stage; Mr. Dickens and His Carol had its world premiere there in 2022. Samantha describes writer-motherhood in three words as: NECESSITY OF INVENTION.

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