Motherhood & Words

12th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading (plus a giveaway)

It’s time to celebrate motherhood literature and the complex realities of women’s lives at the 12th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading!

This year, I’m thrilled to welcome authors Kaethe SchwehnSophfronia Scott and Erin O. White.  The reading this year is part of the Loft’s “To Be Honest” spring programming, and is sponsored by MomEnough and my favorite co-working space, ModernWell. (Scroll down for more on MomEnough and ModernWell and to enter to win a pair of tickets to Women & Words with Dr. Wendy Suzuki on May 10th at ModernWell.)

A little about the featured readers:

Kaethe Schwehn is the author of a post-apocalyptic novel, The Rending and the Nest, and Tailings: A Memoir, which won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.  Her chapbook of poems, Tanka & Me, was selected for the Mineral Point Chapbook Series. Kaethe has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, a Minnesota Arts Board grant, and a Loft Mentor Series award. She teaches at St. Olaf College and lives in Northfield, Minnesota. For more about her work, visit

Sophfronia Scott lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut where she continues to fight a losing battle against the weeds in her flowerbeds. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in fiction and creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love. She’s also recently published a spiritual memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son Tain, and an essay collection, Love’s Long Line. Sophfronia teaches creative writing at Regis University’s Mile High MFA and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her website is

Erin O. White’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, the Kenyon ReviewPortland Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the author of Given Up for You: A Memoir (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) and lives in western Massachusetts with her family. For more about her work, visit

Please join us on Saturday, April 28th for a lively reading and conversation, followed by a reception and book signing.

When: Saturday, 4/28 – 7 p.m.

Where: The Loft Literary Center, Open Book
1011 Washington Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55415

To reserve your ticket, click here. Pay-what-you-can tickets available at the door if there is still space. Bring your friends!

Thank you to MomEnough and ModernWell for making this possible!

On their MomEnough podcast, Marti & Erin Erickson explore the many facets of motherhood in today’s world – from confronting the daily joys and struggles of helping kids grow up well, to balancing work and family, to considering the big questions of how society views and values mothers and mothering. The 12th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading will be a MomEnough podcast again this year. (Also, check out MomEnough and register for their annual Night Out for ME! I’ll be there!)

ModernWell is the brain child of local author and wellness advocate Julie Burton. ModernWell is a co-operative work, writing, and wellness space in Minneapolis. Whether you want to meet a friend, colleague, or client for a cup of coffee or tea; schedule a board meeting; listen to an inspiring speaker; or simply want to get out of your house or office to work on the novel you’ve always wanted to write, read the book that has been on your nightstand for months, or take a yoga class, ModernWell is your go-to oasis. ModernWell is a haven for women who want to work, create, explore, and renew. I now spend most days working there and I love it. Leave a comment below if you want to win a pair of tickets to Women & Words with Dr. Wendy Suzuki on May 10th. I will pick a winner on Friday, May 4th.

I hope to see you Saturday night at Motherhood & Words!

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Cindy Nehrbass on May 2, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Kate, this was a wonderful event. Thank you for gathering such talented and inspirational women together to celebrate the importance of moms and their gift of words! A highlight was the Q & A and hearing from you all about your writing processes and journeys as writers.

    • Kate on May 9, 2018 at 10:42 am

      I’m so glad you could be there Cindy! xo