Mother Writer Interview with Michelle Otero

Performing “Mother Lode” as part of Hembras de Pluma 2015, photo credit: Alan Mitchell

Performing “Mother Lode” as part of Hembras de Pluma 2015, photo credit: Alan Mitchell

I’m so excited to share this conversation with fierce Latina poet/playwright/actor/activist extraordinaire Michelle Otero, who discusses her experiences as a writer and stepmother of two.

But I wish someone would have handed me The House on Mango Street or Bless Me, Última and said, “Your people write books too.” … We hold mothers to very high standards. My mom taught elementary school, raised five of us, cooked, and kept the house spotless. I hate cleaning the bathroom. I enjoy cooking, but the pressure of generating a new meal for kids who don’t like vegetables has sucked any pleasure I might derive from that experience. –Otero

Read the full interview here.

Thank you!

Love,

Jenn

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. michelleotero
    Jun 18, 2015 @ 19:59:13

    Reblogged this on Vessel and commented:
    Poet, novelist, mother, NEA award-winner, and all-around amazing mujer Jennifer Givhan invited me to share some stories as part of her Mother Writers’ Interview Series. Thank you, Jenn, for all you do for writers, poets, and mamas.

    Reply

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