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Jennifer Givhan writes because….

Jennifer Givhan writes because….. After great pain, a poem comes. And I’m just a woman with an orange. Read why I write, and then join the project and tell everyone why YOU write! Thanks for reading and sharing, folks. Love, Jenn

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We Represent the 47%

My personal story about how my family and I represent the 47%, posted online today. JENNIFER GIVHAN’S VOICE As Julianna Baggott says of my essay: “Jenn Givhan talks about the perils of miscarriage, pregnancy, and the healthcare system that can hit families hard. Such a strong piece.” Visit the site WE REPRESENT THE 47% and […]

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I Sing of PCOS

Today in my freshman English class at UNM, a student wrote that she wishes she knew more about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which she has but doesn’t understand. I remember being her–remember reading about PCOS for the first time in SEVENTEEN magazine and thinking, “Hey, most of those symptoms?–I have them!” I remember the fear and […]

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Interview with Reyna Grande, Latina Mama Writer!

Reyna’s new book, her memoir THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, is being published this month, already to critical acclaim and praise! I had the chance to chat with her about juggling between an evermore successful writing career and maintaining a balance as a mother. Read on for some inspiration and advice. Then, share with your writer […]

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Second Mother Writers interview up! Shaindel Beers…

Check out the insightful and amusing interview with poet, editor, creative writing instructor Shaindel Beers! The whole reason I started this interview series was to uncover some of the myths surrounding motherhood and mother-writing, which Shaindel does so perfectly, in her own wonderfully ironic way ūüôā Enjoy! (And share… let’s read each other!) Then, stay […]

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Conversation with Julianna Baggott

Hey all! I’ve had the opportunity to chat with Julianna Baggott, amazingly talented and successful contemporary writer & poet… who’s also a mom! Check out the interview, the first in a series with successful mama writers, here. CONVERSATION WITH JULIANNA BAGGOTT If you have any suggestions about a successful mother writer you’d like to see […]

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200 New Mexico Poems Centennial Anthology

I’m honored that my poem “Mrs. Francis Na Kai at the Birthday Party” is included in this incredible project, celebrating one hundred years past and one hundred years future of New Mexican poetry (check out my poem, posted on June 29th). Thank you to Ms. Lisa Hase-Jackson, beautifully talented poet and editor. Thank you for […]

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ADOPTING DEPRESSION

ADOPTING DEPRESSION My poem on The Feminist Wire, inspired by my writer friend Natashia Deón and her poem Welcome to Motherhood, published a few weeks ago. It is always a bit scary for me to share, but so important.

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Mama Song

from Mama Song …I watched my son’s birthmama labor the night, kept time by the beat of his heart. ¬†When she turned left-side-over in bed, his heart slowed. The baseline dipped each time she moved. My world lapsed,¬†seconds lost in a thump. ¬†My husband and I huddled like cats; her mother slept fits in the […]

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A poem from Natashia Deón

This is a beautiful insight on postpartum depression. Take a look. The Feminist Wire My friend Natashia was a fellow Emerging Voice through PEN Center USA with me in 2010, and she is a beautiful writer,¬† mama, and, as if that wasn’t enough, she is also a practicing lawyer. Keep an eye on her… she’s […]

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Labyrinths, Mexicali Strip Joints & Sock Burning

Two of my short stories (novel excerpts) were published online this month and can be read here: “Pyre for Waiting: She May Have Been a Witch” in the Acentos Review and¬†“Labyrinths in Smoke” in Up The Staircase Quarterly. These are both taken from my book In the Time of Jubilee, so here’s your first chance […]

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Dark Lady Poetry

My poems “You Don’t Want More Kids, You Claim,” and “The Eve of Destruction” have been published in Dark Lady Poetry online. I wrote the Eve poem as part of a longer poem many years ago in an undergrad creative writing class and have continued shaping it and polishing it all this time. Eventually, I […]

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