Motherhood & Words

I have been meaning to post about the Mother Words Reading for a week now. But the days have been vanishing before my eyes. I have been busier this last week than I have been in a long time (and of course it’s not as if I’m usually lolling around the house eating bonbons). I’ve been jumping from class prep to teaching to the book, the book, the book. I keep stealing away when the girls are occupied for a moment to sit down in front of my computer. And of course this busyness is compounded by the fact I’m exhausted because my dear toddler has been waking up in the middle of the night every night. Once she is situated in our bed, it often takes her an hour to fall back asleep. (It’s lots of fun.)

But I do have to write about the reading, which was wonderful. There is nothing like standing in front of a room of both familiar and unfamiliar faces, describing the work that is closest to your heart. That’s what I had the opportunity to do on Thursday in the lovely Target Performance Hall at the Open Book in Minneapolis. Thank you to all of you who made it down to the event!

Also, a huge thank you to The Loft Literary Center for hosting the event and to my friends and family who contributed appetizers (and amazing shortbread bars!) for the reception. I am also incredibly grateful to Hope Edelman and Bonnie J. Rough for flying to Minneapolis for the event. I know they both had long flights, and I’m honored that they made the trip in order to be a part of the 4th Annual Mother Words Reading. Thank you, Bonnie and Hope!!

I also have some great news: for the first time, the reading was recorded and it will be available as a podcast through Good Enough Moms! Thanks to Marti, Erin, Luke, and my dad (who helped cover the recording costs) for making this possible. I’ll link to Good Enough Moms, of course, when the podcast is available.

Now on to a few photos from the event:

I love this photo (except for the fact that it was the 4th—not 3rd—Annual Mother Words Reading. (It was the third one held at the Loft, though, so I’m sure that’s where the confusion arose.)

Me and Bonnie (center) and Hope (right) before the reading.

The wonderful opening act! I was thrilled to have Maria Asp, Darcey Engen, and Nanci Olesen perform a song from their new act, I’m Telling, an hour-long show featuring song and real life stories of motherhood, to kick off the evening. I’m sure many of you remember Nanci from her MOMbo show. And now, with the help and Maria and Darcey, Nanci is continuing to be an important voice for mothers in the arts. (I’m going to interview Nanci in the coming month here at Mother Words, but in the meantime please check out the group’s website for upcoming performances.)

So it was a wonderful evening, and I’m looking forward to next year’s event. I already have the readers lined up, and I will let you know more as soon as dates and details have been confirmed.

Thank you, as always, to all of you out there reading and promoting motherhood literature. You are making a difference!!

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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. Andrea on October 14, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Sounds like a fantastic night–good work! Hope the book is coming along (and why aren't you lolling around eating bon-bons??)

  2. The Marketing Mama on October 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Wonderful, Kate! Looking forward to the podcast, please share it on facebook, too! 🙂

  3. Mary on October 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Wow — what a great night! Please do let us know about the podcast — I will definitely listen!

  4. Leightongirl on October 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for the amazing update!

  5. kate hopper on October 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Thanks, friends. I'll definitely link to the podcast when it's available!

  6. Ines on October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Oh. Kate. This is such a treat. And, you also include news about Nanci. How wonderful! I can hardly wait for podcast information. Thank you. Thank you.

  7. cath c on October 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    seems like a wonderful night!