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.
October 21 at 6 PM (ET)
Kristie Robin Johnson
Kristie Robin Johnson is an educator, essayist, and poet from Augusta, GA. She is the Chair of the Department of Humanities at Georgia Military College’s Augusta campus where she is an Assistant Professor of English. A graduate of the MFA Creative Writing program at Georgia College and State University, Kristie recently completed a series of poems titled “The Golden Blocks” as a part of a Greater Augusta Arts Council and NEA funded grant project with the Lucy C. Laney Museum of Black History in Augusta. Her first book, High Cotton, was published in 2020 by Raised Voice Press.
November 4 at 6 PM (ET)
Sheba Karim is the author of the YA novels The Marvelous Mirza Girls, Skunk Girl, That Thing We Call a Heart, which made several Best Book lists including Bank Street and Kirkus, and Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, which was named a NPR Best Book of the Year. Her fiction and essays have been featured in 580 Split, Asia Literary Review, Femina, India Today, Literary Hub, Off Assignment, Shenandoah, South Asian Review, The Rumpus, Time Out Delhi and in several anthologies in the United States and India. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University.
November 11 at 6 PM (ET)
Sara Hosey holds a PhD in American literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an associate professor of English and Women and Gender Studies at Nassau Community College. Her book, Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers (McFarland, 2019), looks at representations of the domestic in popular culture. Sara grew up in Queens and now lives in Sea Cliff, New York, with her partner and their children.
November 18 at 6 PM (ET)
Writer, editor, and professor Hilda Raz’s work is widely recognized, and her influence can be felt—as a director, award judge, and contributor—in this country’s most prestigious poetry journals and contests. Her many poetry collections include What Happens (2009), All Odd and Splendid (2008), Trans (2001), and Divine Honors (1997). From 1987 to 2010, Hilda was editor of the nationally recognized literary journal Prairie Schooner, published out of the University of Nebraska’s English department. She served as president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and she has been a visiting writer at numerous colleges, including Stanford, the University of Tennessee, Harvard University, Goucher, Middlebury, and the University of Iowa. Hilda lives in Placitas, New Mexico, where she works as the series editor for poetry at the University of New Mexico Press.
December 2 at 6 PM (ET)
Anna V. Q. Ross
Anna V. Q. Ross’s most recent book, Flutter, Kick, won the 2020 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award and will be published by Red Hen Press in 2022. Her previous collections include If a Storm (Anhinga Press, winner of the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry); Figuring (Bull City Press); and Hawk Weather (winner the New Women’s Voices Prize from Finishing Line Press and the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Society). Her recent work appears in The Nation, Poetry Northwest, Southern Humanities Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere, and she is poetry editor for Salamander Magazine. Anna teaches at Emerson College, and lives with her family in Dorchester, where she runs the poetry and music series Unearthed Song & Poetry and raises chickens.
December 9 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, Deathless, Radiance, 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.
DATE TBD at 6 PM (ET)
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.
DATE TBD at 6 PM (ET)
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.
DATE TBD at 6 PM (ET)
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 Cosmopolitan.com, 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.
DATE TBD at 6 PM (ET)
Special Episode: Writing Motherhood & Performance
Anna V. Q. Ross’s most recent book, Flutter, Kick, won the 2020 Benjamin Saltman Poetry With Sara Petersen, whose book, Momfluenced, examines the performance of motherhood through the multilayered phenomenon of mommy influencer culture, and what this reveals about the texture of modern motherhood (Beacon Press, 2023); Amil Niazi, a writer and producer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, Elle and Refinery29, and is the show-runner of the weekly CBC pop culture podcast, Pop Chat; and Jo Piazza, national and international bestselling author of critically acclaimed novels and nonfiction books including Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, The Knockoff and How to Be Married.
Now booking guests for fall & winter!
Interested in participating, or want to suggest a writer mother monster?