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Motherhood and Words Curated by Kate Hopper

Date: 3/23/17

Location: The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)

Day of the Week: Thursday

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

The Loft presents the 11th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading, which local author Kate Hopper launched in 2007 as a way to highlight literature by women writers who are also mothers. This year's readers are Shannon Gibney, Susan Ito, and Judy Batalion.

Kate Hopper is the founder of Motherhood & Words, author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers, Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood, and co-author of Silent Running, a memoir of one family’s journey with autism and running. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Brevity, Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Times online, Poets & Writers, and River Teeth. She is an editor and writing coach and teaches in Ashland University’s Low-residency MFA program, at the Loft Literary Center, and online. For more about her work visit www.katehopper.com.

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African Diasporic topics. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, her next novel, Dream Country, is about more than five generations of an African descended family, crisscrossing the Atlantic both voluntarily and involuntarily (Dutton, 2018).

Susan Ito is a CA-based writer. She’s co-editor of the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption (North Atlantic Books). Her essays, articles, and stories have won awards and nominations including the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in The Bellevue Literary Review, Hip Mama, Two Worlds Walking, Literary Mama, CHOICE, SheBooks, Santa Barbara Review, Growing Up Asian American, Making More Waves, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Mills College MFA in creative writing, Susan has taught writing at the University of California at Berkeley, the College of Alameda, the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, and in her own private coaching practice and writing retreats. She is founder of the Asian American Women Writers Workshop and maintains a literary blog, ReadingWritingLiving, where she writes about creativity, family, wellness, and work/life balance.

Judy Batalion was born in Montreal and worked as an art historian and comedian in London before settling in New York City, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She was a columnist for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog and her essays about parenting, relationships, mental health, art and culture have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vogue, Salon, Cosmo, Tablet, the Forward, GOOD, and many other publications. Her first book, White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between was published by NAL/Penguin.