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.

March 11 at 6 PM (ET)
Rosanna Warren

Rosanna Warren has been publishing “poems of riveting, compassionate darkness and social conscience for nearly 40 years” (LA Review of Books). Her most recent book of poems is So Forth (2020). She is the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the New England Poetry Club, among others, and she was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 to 2005, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She teaches at the University of Chicago. 

March 25 at 6 PM (ET)
Jennifer Chen

Jennifer Chen is a freelance journalist who has written for the New York Times, O: The Oprah MagazineReal Simple, and Bust on subjects ranging from emotional labor and pro wrestling to miscarriage and the Asian Hate Movement. She has a MFA and BFA in dramatic writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is an alumnae of Hedgebrook, a women’s writing residency. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with her TV-writer husband, twin daughters, and a snorty pug named Chewbacca.

March 31 at 2 PM (ET)
Special Episode: Writing Motherhood & Miscarriage

This special episode devoted to an issue so many women struggle with, and so few discuss. In this panel discussion, three authors who write about miscarriage will talk about why it’s important to give voice to this common pain. Featuring Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang, co-editors of What God Is Honored Here: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color; Jessica Berger Gross, editor of the anthology About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope; and Dr. Jessica Zucker, author of I Had a Miscarriage: A Memoir, a Movement.

April 10 at 2 PM (ET)
Stephanie Burt

Stephanie Burt is a poet, literary critic, professor, and transgender activist who the New York Times called “one of the most influential poetry critics of [her] generation.” She has published four collections of poems: Advice from the LightsBelmontParallel Play, and Popular Music, and her works of criticism include Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Stephanie earned a BA from Harvard and PhD from Yale and is a Professor of English at Harvard University. She lives in the suburbs of Boston with her spouse and their two children.

April 15 at 6 PM (ET)
Riché Barnes

Riché Barnes is a sociocultural anthropologist whose teaching and research specializations are at the intersection of black feminist theories, work and family policy, and African Diasporic raced, gendered, and classed identity formation. She is the author of the award-winning book, Raising the Race: Black Career Women Redefine Marriage Motherhood and Community. She has written broadly on “Black Strategic Mothering” a theoretical framework she developed to explore Black women’s interior work, community, and family lives and how they impact their relationships and health. She is the Dean of Pierson College at Yale University.  

April 22 at 6 PM (ET)
Kim McLarin

Kim McLarin is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Taming It Down, Meeting of the Waters, and Jump at the Sun and of the memoir Divorce Dog: Motherhood, Men, & Midlife. McLarin is also co-author of the memoir Growing Up X with Ilyasah Shabazz. Her most recent book is Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Life and Love. Kim’s nonfiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, The Washington Post, Slate, The Root and other publications. She is a former staff writer for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Greensboro News & Record, and The Associated Press. She is an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College.

May 6 at 6 PM (ET)
Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction and for The Story Prize. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church. Deesha is also the co-author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, Ebony, and Bitch magazines, as well as many others.

May 13 at 6 PM (ET)
Lan Samantha Chang

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and two novels, Inheritance, and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. A new novel, The Family Chao, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2022. Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been chosen twice for The Best American Short Stories. She has received creative writing fellowships from Stanford University, Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the Elizabeth M. Stanley Professor in the Arts at the University of Iowa and the Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

May 20 at 6 PM (ET)
Special Episode: Writing Motherhood & Mental Health

More information to come soon.

May 27 at 6 PM (ET)
Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA and is an executive producer on Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. She and her husband/collaborator Steven Barnes wrote “A Small Town” for Season 2 of “The Twilight Zone” on CBS All Access. A leading voice in black speculative fiction for more than 20 years, Due has won an American Book Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a British Fantasy Award, and her writing has been included in best-of-the-year anthologies. Her books include Ghost Summer: Stories, My Soul to Keep, and The Good House. She and her late mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due, co-authored Freedom in the Family: a Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights. She is married to author Steven Barnes, with whom she collaborates on screenplays. They live with their son, Jason, and two cats.

July 22 at 6 PM (ET)
Margaret Adams

Margaret Adams writes short fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays. Her work has appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2019, Threepenny Review, Joyland MagazineThe Pinch Journal, and Monkeybicycle, among other publications. She was a Best American Essays 2019 Notable, the winner of the Blue Mesa Review 2018 Nonfiction Contest, and the winner of the Pacifica Literary Review 2017 Fiction Contest. Adams has been awarded workshops and residencies at the Tin House Winter & Summer Workshops, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, HEREKEKE Art Center Artist Residency, and Starry Nights Retreat. She is a fiction editor for JMWW. Originally from Maine, she currently lives on the AZ/NM border in the Navajo Nation where she works as a family nurse practitioner.

September 30 at 6 PM (ET)
Tara Laskowski

Tara Laskowski’s debut suspense novel One Night Gone won the Agatha Award, Macavity Award, and the Anthony Award. She also wrote two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders. She has won the Agatha Award and Thriller Award for her short fiction and was the longtime editor of the online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly. A graduate of Susquehanna University and George Mason University, Tara grew up in Pennsylvania and lives in Virginia.

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