Feeling rather literary today? Good. It’s a three-fer. Yep, that’s right. Today’s Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway is three books:
Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined edited by Andrea Buchanan and Amy Hudock, is a unique collection features the best of the online magazine literarymama.com, a site devoted to mama-centric writing with fresh voices, superior craft, and vivid imagery. While the majority of literature on parenting is not literary or is not written by mothers, this book is both. Including creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, Literary Mama celebrates the voices of the maternally inclined, paves the way for other writer mamas, and honors the difficult and rewarding work women do as they move into motherhood.
Andrea Buchanan is a writer living in Philadelphia. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Daring Book For Girls, The Pocket Daring Book For Girls: Things To Do, and The Pocket Daring Book For Girls: Wisdom and Wonder along with Miriam Peskowitz. She is also the author of Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It and the editor of three anthologies: It’s a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons; Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined; and It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters. Before becoming a writer, Andi was a classical pianist; she studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she earned her bachelor of music degree, and continued her graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, earning a master’s degree in piano performance. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
Amy Hudock, Ph. D., is a writer, teacher, and editor who lives in South Carolina with her daughter. She is a co-founder of Literary Mama, an on-line literary magazine chosen by Writers Digest as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Writers (2005 and 2009) and by Forbes as one of their 100 Best of the Web (2005). She is also the co-editor of Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined (Seal Press 2006) and of the book American Women Prose Writers, 1820-1870 (Gale 2001). Her work has been anthologized in the Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort series, as well as in Ask Me About My Divorce, Mama, PhD, Single State of the Union, and Mothering a Movement. You can read more about her at www.amyhudock.com
Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life edited by Elrena Evans and Caroline Grant, is a literary anthology of personal narratives by women both in and out of the academy, writing about their experiences attempting to reconcile bodies with brains. This anthology voices stories of academic women choosing to have, not have, or delay children. The essays in this anthology speak to and offer support for any woman attempting to combine work and family, and make recommendations on how to make the academy a more family-friendly workplace.
Caroline Grant is the editor-in-chief of Literary Mama, where she also writes the column Mama at the Movies. She is co-editor, with Elrena Evans, of the anthology Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life (Rutgers University Press, 2008). She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, where she taught classes on film, women’s studies, American literature, and writing; she has also taught at Stanford University and the San Francisco Art Institute. Her essays have been published in a variety of anthologies and journals. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons, a life she writes about on her blog, food for thought.
Elrena Evans holds a MFA from Pennsylvania State University and writer for numerous mama-centric publications, including a monthly column for Literary Mama. Her work also appears in the anthologies Twenty Something Essays by Twenty Something Writers (Random House) and How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel (Seal Press). She lives in Pennsylvania. Her website is: http://www.elrenaevans.com.
The Maternal Is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change edited by Shari MacDonald Strong. Exploring the vital connection between motherhood and social change, The Maternal Is Political features more than 40 powerful, hard-hitting literary essays by women who are striving to make the world a better place for children and families — both their own and other women’s — in this country and globally.
From the mom deconstructing playground “power games” with her first-grade child, to the mother who speaks out against misogyny during an awkward road trip with her college-age daughter and friends, to the mother of sons worrying about the threat of a future military draft, The Maternal Is Political brings together the voices of women who are transforming the political and social: one child, one babysitter, one peace march at a time.
Shari MacDonald Strong is a senior editor and former “Zen and the Art of Child Maintenance” columnist at Literary Mama. Her essay “On Wanting a Girl” appeared in the Seal Press anthology It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters (edited by Andrea J. Buchanan), and her essay “The Slope” appears in the new anthology Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical (edited by Hannah Notess). Shari worked as an editor and copywriter in the publishing industry for fifteen years (most recently as a freelance contractor for a division of Random House). She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her photographer and inventor husband, Craig Strong, and their three children: Eugenia, Will, and Mac. You can read more about her at www.ShariMacDonaldStrong.com.
If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”
Especially since folks have been getting, ahem, a little long-winded lately. This is funny because at the beginning of the giveaway folks weren’t writing long enough. Now I can’t get them to stop writing. 🙂
Please keep it between 50-200 words. Do you best!
Today’s question is…
Are you a literary mama? Do you read Literary Mama? Would you like to be a literary mama? Today the topic is literary mamas…share whatever you’d like on the topic.
Give me the goods in 50-200 words, please.
Before you go! WE HAVE A CAUSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS YEAR! Please read the story about the Applin family here and consider making a small contribution at some point during the giveaway. We’re aiming for $100/day collectively. Please help us help the Applin family adopt two beautiful children from Russia.