Motherhood & Words

I’m coming off an awful case of strep throat, which turned me into a serious whiner last week. But I’m back to normal now—with only an occasional whine here and there—and I’m excited about a couple of readings I’ll be going to this week.

On Thursday evening, I’m going to take my mom to the Eye of My Heart reading downtown Minneapolis at the Central Library. It’s part of the library’s Talk of the Stacks reading series. Barbara Graham, Sandra Benitez, and Judith Guest will be reading pieces from the anthology. (A great Mother’s Day treat to share with your mother!)

And then on Saturday morning, I’m going to hear the amazing Bonnie J. Rough read from her debut memoir, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA. I’m in the middle of Bonnie’s book and it’s stunning—stunning. I will be posting a review and interview with Bonnie later this week, so stay tuned for that, but if you’re in the Twin Cities, please also come down to The Loft Literary Center on Saturday, May 8th. The Loft will be having an open house that day in celebration of ten years in the Open Book space, and Bonnie will be reading at 11 a.m. This is free and open to the public. I hope to see some of you there!

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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 May 4, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I'm reading Bonnie's book, too, and am mesmerized. I think it was you who led me to her blog and gorgeous essays, so thank you! I hope to post a review and interview as well — the more people who read her work, the better, right?

    Have a wonderful time with your mother, and I'm happy to hear that you're on the mend!

  2. onlyoublog on May 5, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Oh, I'm sorry to hear you were sick, Kate! Glad you are getting better. Have a wonderful time with your mother and Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom! Wish I could visit MN…


  3. The Blue Suitcase on May 6, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Thank you, Kate! And just a note about my reading: Since it IS Mother's Day Weekend, as you say, I am bringing a small gift of appreciation for every mom who comes to my reading at the Loft. Can't wait to see you!

  4. kqchristopherson on May 7, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Hope you are feeling better!!!! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!