Motherhood & Words

Hi friends,

Originally, the University of Minnesota Press agreed to donate 15 copies of Ready for Air to neonatal intensive care units in the U.S. and Canada as part of blog book tour. I was going to randomly pick 15 hospitals from the entries on this post. But the generous Sustainable Arts Foundation has offered to make sure that every hospital NICU on the list gets a copy of Ready for Air! Whoop!

A huge thank you both to the Sustainable Arts Foundation and also to the University of Minnesota Press, which has offered to sell the books to the foundation at cost. Please spread the word, and ask people to list the hospital in the comments on this post. In order to be eligible, you must list an address and contact information if it should be addressed to someone specific. When my blog tour is over, every hospital on the list will receive a signed copy of the book.

Thank you all for spreading the word and helping get Ready for Air in the hands of parents who might need it.

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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. Autumn on November 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Oh, Kate! This is wonderful news! What generous, amazing deeds are surrounded by your powerful story.

    • Kate on November 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Isn’t it great, Autumn? It makes me cry!

  2. Alexandra on November 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    This is incredibly generous. What a wonderful gesture.

    • Kate on November 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

      I love it, Alexandra!

  3. Sue on November 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    The generosity of your spirit is catching I think. Happy to hear more books will find their way into needy hands.

    • Kate on November 3, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Oh Sue, thank you.

  4. Alyssa Kent on November 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    How awesome. I’m sure that our NICU at Yale new haven hospital would appreciate a copy

    Michelle Gray
    Neonatal intensive care unit
    Yale New Haven children’s hospital
    1 Park Street
    4th floor
    New Haven, CT 06510

    • Kate on November 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

      Done, Alyssa! Thank you!

  5. K, RN. on November 3, 2013 at 7:37 am

    NICU- 3rd North Tower
    Forsyth Medical Center
    3333 Silas Creek Parkway
    Winston Salem NC 27103

    • Kate on November 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

      They are in, K. Thank you!

  6. Carol allis on November 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Incredible — what a gift to anyone picking up this book!

    • Kate on November 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you, Carol. I love that this is possible!

  7. Thekitchwitch on November 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Longmont United Hospital
    1950 Mountain View
    Longmont CO 80501

    • Kate on November 4, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Thank you!

  8. Suzanne Koup-Larsen on November 4, 2013 at 9:36 am

    My daughter spent two weeks in the NICU at:

    Bryn Mawr Hospital
    130 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

    • Kate on November 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Thanks, Suzanne. I hope she’s doing well now!

  9. Emma on November 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

    How wonderful! I don’t ever talk, or want to remember those frightening days. Thank you for writing this book and thank you to the wonderful sponsor for the donations!! The books will be greatly appreciated!

    • Kate on November 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

      Thank you, Emma!