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

Second Mother Writers interview up! Shaindel Beers…

Check out the insightful and amusing interview with poet, editor, creative writing instructor Shaindel Beers!

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Photo credit Jenny C. Reynolds Photography

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 🙂

Enjoy! (And share… let’s read each other!)

Then, stay tuned for our next interview, with critically acclaimed Latina novelist Reyna Grande!

Love,

Jenn

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 interviewed, please feel free to contact me.

Next up in the series of interviews, SHAINDEL BEERS, poet & editor par excellence. Stay tuned!

Love,
Jenn