Motherhood & Words

Hey, we’re reporting from AWP (and by “we” I mean me and the Medela Pump n’ Style–more about that later). I’ll give you an update on the panel later, as well. It was so fun!

But I wanted to let you know that I’m also over at as a guest blogger on motherlode today. Check it out.

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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. Elizabeth on February 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    FANTASTIC — that NY Times gig. It was a beautiful piece. How did that happen? (not how did you write it, but how did you get the nytimes thing?)

  2. Melissa on February 13, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Yay you!

    The piece at the motherlode is lovely.

  3. American_in_Cairo on February 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

    F-ing sweet, Kate.

  4. kate hopper on February 13, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Thank you!

    Elizabeth, Lisa Belkin of motherlode put a call out for submissions last fall…

    I am so touched by the comments that motherlode readers posted about it, as well. Thank you!

  5. Andria on February 13, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Kate, that is a wonderful piece of writing. The descriptions of Stella in the NICU are heartbreaking and beautiful. It’s just beautifully written, and feels so true.

  6. Kara on February 25, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Obviously catching up late with you–but hey this was posted the day I gave birth. That was flipping fantastic–and I left a comment there, too. I know that your whole book is wonderful–it’s nice to catch snippets of it here and there. It must get published! What’s wrong with publishers??

  7. kate hopper on February 27, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Thanks, guys!