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

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

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

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 friends and go pick up a copy of Reyna’s new book. You’ll be glad you did.
Love,
Jenn

AN INTERVIEW WITH REYNA GRANDE

P.S., If you’re in the L.A. area on August 25, 2012, join Reyna in celebrating the release of her new book! And, spread the word!