Upcoming Readings and Appearances
Saturday May 4, 2013 – 7 pm – The 7th Annual Motherhood & Words ® Reading – Loft Literary Center, Open Book, Minneapolis
Each year, I coordinate a Motherhood & Words Reading to highlight some of the wonderful writing being published by women on motherhood. 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.” Three decades later, we have made some headway: a few literary journals featuring motherhood writing have emerged, motherhood scholarship has found a place in some academic settings, and a number of books about motherhood have been published. 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. I launched the annual Motherhood & Words Reading in 2007 as way to showcase excellent literary nonfiction of women writing about motherhood.
Other Recent Presentations and Appearances
March 2013 – AWP Presented on the panel “My Son is Perfect: Writing (Honestly) About Your Own Kids.”
October 10, 2012 – 7 p.m. 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 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
Thursday, May 10 – WGN Midday News, Chicago
Thursday, May 10, 1:30 – 3:30 StoryStudio Chicago, North Shore – Motherhood & Words Workshop
Friday, May 11, 9 a.m. The Morning Blend, Milwaukee
Friday, May 11 – 7:30 p.m. Women and Children First Bookstore, Chicago – Use Your Words Discussion
Saturday, 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 – I’ll be a guest 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
Friday, May 4, 7 p.m. Micawber’s Bookstore in St. Paul, Use Your Words Discussion
Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m.
Use Your Words Book Launch
Open Book, Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis – Join me!!
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, 2012. St. Olaf College
I discussed writing and publishing with the Advanced Creative Nonfiction class.
February 29 – March 3, 2012. 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, 2012. The Morning Blend, Milwaukee
I discussed writing and motherhood and my forthcoming book, Use Your Words, on Milwaukee’s The Morning Blend.
October 13, 2011. 5th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading with Jill Christman and Sonya Huber.
September 10, 2011. 2nd Annual MN Blogger Conference. Presented “Make Your Writing Sing.”
August, 10, 2011. Forum of Executive Women. St. Cloud, MN
February 2011. Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Tales of Many Mothers: Kate Hopper Helps Moms Put Their Stories of Transition on Paper.”
February 2011. 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.
October 2010. Interview with Marti and Erin at Mom Enough.
October 2010. 4th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading with Hope Edelman and Bonnie J. Rough at The Loft Literary Center. Reading available as a podcast at a href=”http://momenough.com/2010/11/did-you-miss-this-years-mother-words-reading-at-the-loft-literary-center”>Mom Enough.
September 2010. The MN Blogger Conference. Presented “Growing as Writers: Taking Your Blog Posts to the Next Level” at CoCo in St. Paul.
June 2010. Minnesota Parent. Interview with me about juggling motherhood and writing.
September 2009. 3rd Annual Motherhood & Words Reading with Vicki Forman and Kate St. Vincent Vogl at The Loft Literary Center.
September 2009. I talked about my classes, blog, and the annual Motherhood & Words reading as a guest on FM107.1′s “Good Enough Moms” show.
May 2009. The Loft Literary Center’s Memoir Festival. I presented with Bonnie J. Rough on the panel “Selling Your Memoir: Lessons from the Trenches.”
March 2009. I talked about writing and motherhood as a guest on FM107.1′s “Good Enough Moms” show.
February 2009. I presented on the panel “Parents as Writers: Our Children as Subjects” at the 2009 AWP Conference, Chicago.
January 2009. I presented on a panel of Twin Cities bloggers for the group “Eat, Drink and Get Published” in Minneapolis, MN.