Upcoming Readings and Appearances

April 16, 2016 – 7 p.m. – 10th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading with Sherrie Fernandez-Williams and Andria Williams – The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

So often in our society, writing by a group of people is lumped together and dismissed. This has certainly been the case with motherhood literature. In 1976, Adrienne Rich began Of Woman Born with this: “We know more about the air we breathe, the seas we travel, than about the nature and meaning of motherhood.” Almost four decades later, we have made progress, yet motherhood literature is still largely ignored, and motherhood memoir, christened “momoir,” is routinely dismissed. But like all great writing, literature about motherhood, is, as Patricia Hampl says about memoir, “an attempt to find not only a self but a world.” Motherhood literature is not about motherhood; it uses motherhood as a lens through which to see the world.

This year, I’m pleased that the reading will be sponsored in part by Park Nicollet Women’s Center and Pacifier!

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Join me in celebrating motherhood literature at the 10th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading. Free and open to the public. There will be a book signing and reception following the reading and Q & A.


June 3-5 – River Teeth Nonfiction Conference, presenting “The Craft of Empathy” with Ana Maria Spagna


Other Recent Presentations and Appearances


May 29 – 31 – 4th Annual River Teeth Nonfiction Conference; “Keeping the Train on the Track: Balancing Narrative Urgency and Reflection in Memoir” with Sonya Huber

April 30, 2015 – 7 p.m. – 9th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading with Kathryn Trueblood and Kao Kalia Yang, The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

April 8 – 11, 2015 – AWP Conference, Minneapolis, MN (4/10, 10:30 a.m. University of Minnesota Press reading; 4/10, 1:30 p.m. Bravery & Bearing Witness: The Power of Vulnerability in Nonfiction); 4/10 at 3 p.m. VIDA HEAT Reading: Hotter Than Hell)



I was a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. My participation in the following Minnesota events were made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



August 23 – 5 p.m. Drury Lane Bookstore, Grand Marais, MN

June 28 – 1:45 – 3:45 – Annual Festival of Authors and Artists, Sister Wolf Books – Dorset, MN

May 15 – 8 a.m. KUMD Radio, Duluth, MN

May 15 – Signing and Reading at Fitger’s Bookstore, 7 p.m. – Duluth, MN

March 13 – First Books Reading, 7 p.m. – Weisman Museum


Also in 2014:

July 19 – Aug 2 – Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA Program

May 30 – June 1 – 3rd Annual River Teeth Nonfiction Conference – Ashland, OH

May 7 – 8th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading, 7 p.m. – Loft Literary Center, Open Book, Minneapolis. With Susanne Paola Antonetta, Tami Mohamed Brown and Marcelle Soviero.

February 15 – Author Fest – Chapter 2 Books, Hudson, WI

February 26 – March 1, 2014 – AWP Conference – Seattle, WA

February 4, 2014Maternally Yours, Episode 121 – Preeclampsia

March 1  – 7 p.m. – Third Place Books, Ravenna – Seattle, WA



December 7 – 1-3 p.m. – Book signing at the Village Bookstore – Grand Rapids, MN

December 3 – 5:30 p.m. – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN Annual Meeting – St. Paul, MN

November 27 – 11 a.m. – Wisconsin Public Radio, The Larry Meiller Show

November 21, noon – Watonwan Library, St. James, MN. 

November 13 – 7p.m. – Common Good Books, St. Paul MN – With Lorna Landvik and Carol Allis!

October 23 – 7 p.m. – Subtext Bookstore, St. Paul, MN

October 21 – Mom Enough Interview about Ready for Air. Click here to listen.

October 12 – 11:30 a.m. – I’ll be on the panel “Writers in the Community: Making a Living and a Life in the Classroom and Beyond” at the Twin Cities Book Festival, State Fair Grounds.

October 16 – 7 p.m. – Books Inc., Berkeley, CA – Reading and discussion 

October 18 – 6 p.m. – Litquake Women’s Night, The Rex Hotel, San Francisco

October 3 – 7 p.m. – Ready for Air Launch at the Loft Literary Center, Open Book, Minneapolis.

May 19-21  – The River Teeth Nonfiction Conference

May 9  – Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities, Riverview Theater, Minneapolis

May 4 – 7th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading with Caroline Grant and Katrina Kenison. Listen to the Mom Enough podcast here.

April 13 – The Arapahoe Writers’ Festival

March 6-9 – AWP Presented on the panel “My Son is Perfect: Writing (Honestly) About Your Own Kids.”


October 10 – 6th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading with Debra Gwartney and Amie Klempnauer Miller. Listen to the podcast of the reading on Mom Enough.

September 20 – 11 am – WGN Midday News, Chicago, IL

September 20 – 7 pm – Reading & Discussion, Barnes & Noble, Oakbrook, IL

August 18 – 6:30 pm – Reading & Discussion, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, Seattle, WA

August 14 – 7 pm Reading & Discussion, Powell’s Books, Beaverton, OR

August 14 – Interview with Kate on AM Northwest, Portland, OR

August 9 – 6 pm, Reading & Discussion, University of Oregon, Duck Store, Eugene, OR

August 5 – 2:30 – 4 pm, Use Your Words Workshop, O’Hanlon Center – Marin, CA.

August 5 – 4 – 6 pm, Write On, Mamas Salon, O’Hanlon Center – Marin, CA

August 4 – 10 am – 12:30 pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA – Use Your Words Workshop

August 3 – 7 pm, Books Inc. – Alameda, CA – Use Your Words Discussion

August 3 – 11 am,  Towne Center Books, Pleasanton, CA – Use Your Words Book Discussion

August 1 – 7 -9 pm, Mommy’s Playdate – Good Vibrations, Polk Street, San Francisco

July 12 – 7 pm – Use Your Words Reading/Discussion – Common Good Books, St. Paul, MN

June 9 – 2 – 4 p.m. Use Your Words Workshop – Barnes and Noble Har Mar, Roseville, MN

June 4-6 – Book Expo America – New York

May 10 – WGN Midday News, Chicago

May 10, 1:30 – 3:30 StoryStudio Chicago, North Shore – Motherhood & Words Workshop

May 11, 9 a.m. The Morning Blend, Milwaukee

May 11 – 7:30 p.m. Women and Children First Bookstore, Chicago – Use Your Words Discussion

May 12, 1-3 p.m. Boswell’s Books, Milwaukee – Use Your Words Discussion/Workshop

May 15, noon CST – “Writing Your Way Through Motherhood” Chat on The Motherhood with Marilyn Bousquin, Mary Hill, Janine Kovac, and Kara Thom.

May 16, 10-11 am CST – Interview on Baby and Toddler Instructions with Blythe Lipman.

May 17 – noon – Use Your Words signing at Barnes and Noble, downtown Minneapolis

May 18-20 – RiverTeeth Nonfiction Conference – Ashland, Ohio – Presenting on the panel “Writing and Motherhood” with Jill Christman, Sonya Huber, and Sarah M. Wells.

May 22 – 7:30 p.m.Use Your Words Discussion – Magers and Quinn, Minneapolis

May 4, 7 p.m. Micawber’s Bookstore in St. Paul, Use Your Words Discussion

May 3, 7 p.m. – Use Your Words Launch

April 30th – Interview about Use Your Words with Marti and Erin on Mom Enough.

April 30th, 7 p.m. St. Anthony Library, St. Paul, Mothers Write Panel with Katy Read, Julie Schumacher, and Kate St. Vincent Vogl. 

April 24, 7 p.m.
Plymouth Library, Mothers Who Write Panel

With Katy Read, Julie Schumacher, and Kate St. Vincent Vogl.

March 9 – St. Olaf College
I discussed writing and publishing with the Advanced Creative Nonfiction class.

February 29 – March 3 – AWP – Chicago
I presented on the panel “Barefoot, Pregnant, and at the Writer’s Desk: Managing Motherhood and the Writing Life” with Hope Edelman, Jill McCorkle, Katy Read, and Kate St. Vincent Vogl.

February 17 – The Morning Blend, Milwaukee
I discussed writing and motherhood and my forthcoming book, Use Your Words, on Milwaukee’s The Morning Blend.


October 13 –  5th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading with Jill Christman and Sonya Huber. Listen to the Mom Enough podcast here.

September 10 – 2nd Annual MN Blogger Conference. Presented “Make Your Writing Sing.”

August 10 –  Forum of Executive Women. St. Cloud, MN

February – AWP. I presented on the panel “Flinging the Inkpot: Resisting Messages about Off-limits Subjects in Memoir” with Jill Christman, Kevin Fenton, Paul Lisicky, and Sue William Silverman.