Motherhood & Words

6th annual motherhood & words reading

Please join me tomorrow night for the 6th Annual Motherhood & Words reading.

When: October 10 – 7 pm – 9 pm

Where: The Loft Literary Center, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415

I will be reading with award-winning authors Debra Gwartney and Amie Klempnauer Miller. As always, there will be a wine reception (including yummy snacks and Jess’ amazing bars) following the reading. Please bring your friends!

Debra Gwartney is the author of Live Through This, a memoir published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2009, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Books for a Better Life Award, and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. She is also co-editor, along with Barry Lopez, of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape published by Trinity University Press. Debra has published in a many magazines, newspapers, and journals, including The New York Times’ Modern Love column, Salon, Triquarterly Review, Kenyon Review, Washington Square Review, the American Scholar and many others.

Amie Klempnauer Miller is the author of She Looks Just Like You (Beacon Press, 2010), which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Her writing has appeared on Salon, in Brain, Child and Greater Good magazines, and in the anthology, Confessions of the Other Mother: Nonbiological Lesbian Moms Tell All! She was a recipient of a 2010 Loft Career Initiative Grant. Miller works as a consultant to the public media industry and lives with her partner and daughter in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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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.