A Celebration of Mothers Who Write

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

As women and writers, we are often asked how we balance our family's needs with our work—a question male writers are never asked, and which some female writers refuse to answer. As memoirists, we are often asked even more probing questions: how can you write about family when your children can read? Won't you harm their relationship with their grandparents? What if they find out you had premarital sex, did recreational drugs, or engaged in other negative behavior? How can you be a perfect mother when there is a book of evidence to your imperfection out in the world? The next layer is writing about our children. Don't they have a right to privacy? Women's work has historically been performed in the shadows of history. There are no great Odes to the Wiping of Noses. Yet, to me, being a mother is the most important thing I've done, and writing is one way I celebrate it.


Steph Auteri is a New Jersey-based writer and editor who has written about women’s health and sexuality for the Atlantic, VICE, Pacific Standard, Salon, Undark, and other publications. She is also the author of A Dirty Word, the memoir of how she threw herself into sex writing in order to cure herself of what she saw as her sexual dysfunction, eventually realizing she wasn’t broken. At the same time, it is an exploration of the ways in which our culture has co-opted female sexuality.

Melanie Brooks is a freelance writer, college professor, and mother living in Nashua, New Hampshire with her husband, two children and yellow Lab. She grew up in the Canadian Maritimes, and the deep ties to water and rugged spaces that live in her are rooted in that background. She is the author of Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma. She teaches at Northeastern University and Merrimack College in Massachusetts, and Nashua Community College in New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington PostMs. Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, the Huffington PostModern LossHippocampus, Bustle, and Solstice Literary Magazine. She is completing a memoir called All the Things I Couldn’t Say about the lasting impact of living with the ten-year secret of her father’s HIV disease before his death in 1995.

Lisa Kohn is the author of to the moon and back: a childhood under the influence, as well as The Power of Thoughtful Leadership. She is a writer, teacher, and public speaker who owns a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm (www.chatsworthconsulting.com) and who works to bring to others the tools, mind-shifts, and practices she’s found (such as Verge yoga) that have helped her heal, as well as the hope and forgiveness she’s been blessed to let into her life. She will always tell you that she is a native New Yorker, but she currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children, whenever they’re around.

Lara Lillibridge sings off-beat and dances off-key.  She writes a lot, and sometimes even likes how it turns out. Lillibridge is the author of Mama, Mama, Only Mama: A Single Mom On Parenting, Divorce, Dating, And Cooking, With Heavy Doses Of Humor And Advice (Skyhorse Publishing, 2019) and Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home (Skyhorse, 2018) a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist Lara Lillibridge and Andrea Fekete co-edited an anthology of women's voices entitled FEMININE RISING: VOICES OF POWER AND INVISIBILITY available April 2019 with Cynren PressWhen she’s not writing, Lillibridge can be found shivering in a hockey arena or getting sunburned at the baseball field. She still doesn’t vacuum very often, but luckily she’s nearsighted enough not to notice. She resides in Cleveland, Ohio. 


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