Mother Writer Interview with Stefanie Freele

Stefanie Freele and child (2)“I just never ever considered the possibility that motherhood would be in my destiny, that I could be the guide for a small vulnerable human through this big world. I had declared myself as a writer a few years back and that was all the title I needed.”

Summer break is upon us Mother Writers, and I’ve talked to Stefanie Freele for some much needed inspiration and solidarity.

Check out my interview with Stefanie and share your own stories with us!

Love,

Jenn

Bird Woman and Bloom

sacagaweaSacagawea emerges from the hedgehog cacti
in the lot behind our crumpling house
heavy with cradleboard & mistaken

for a token of peace…

from “Bird Woman

 

 

The boys next door are ignoring my son. burning tree
It’s playground politics, the fragile and shifting
power dynamics of these early friendships…

from “Bloom

Read both poems at The Boiler.

Interview with Rachel McKibbens

Rachel McKibbens Some truth from poet, activist, playwright and badass mama-writer Rachel McKibbens.

“As a Chicana mother, I want to tell the story of myself and my ancestors in ways that guide my children towards the kind of self-love I never had permission to know when I was young.”

Read my interview with Rachel at Mother Writers.

Conversation with Kelly Davio, managing editor of The Los Angeles Review


In this exciting interview with writer/editor/teacher Kelly Davio, Mother Writers has begun exploring  alternate voices and experiences… and I’m thrilled to add Kelly’s insights to the forum of successful women writers who (may or may not be) moms!

Read what Kelly has to say about the effect of childlessness on a woman’s writing and whether or not mother writers should submit mother-bird poems to literary magazines.

New interviews on their way… Next up, Tim and Megan Green, editors of Rattle, discuss how parenting affects their writing/editing relationship.

Thanks for reading and sharing!

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