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“Listen to Your Mother” Event 5/8

Listen to Your MotherIn preparation for our Mother’s Day week of events, we have been announcing the lineup of special guests and speakers that are participating in our Barnes and Noble fundraiser. We are excited to announce the content of our May 8 reading to be held at the Upper West Side Barnes and Noble location (at 82nd and Broadway). On Friday, May 8 we will welcome select authors from Listen to Your Mother, a compilation of essays from authors of different genders, ages, and races that give voice to the kaleidoscopic nature of motherhood. This event is in time with our book fair. Anyone who purchases books from May 6-15 through barnesandnoble.com and uses the code 11455805 will see a portion of their sale go to the Museum of Motherhood.

For more information about Listen to Your Mother, please check out this press release submitted by Amy Wilson:

PRESS RELEASE FOR MUSEUM OF MOTHERHOOD 5/8 “LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER” EVENT

  • “In 2010, Ann Imig organized a live-staged reading event in Madison, WI, to bring together her community—mothers and non-mothers alike—and provide a forum for a diversity of voices to share their personal stories. These readers spoke honestly and openly about motherhood, family, childhood, and parenting. And so, the Listen to Your Mother movement was born. This one event quickly grew into an annual national performance sensation, with nearly 40 nationwide events scheduled for May 2015. Now, in LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; April 7, 2015; $25.95), Imig brings to the page what she helped bring to the stage five years ago with this collection of 56 candid, funny, poignant, unexpected, and soul-bearing essays. The contributors to this powerful anthology bravely share their stories, ranging from hilarious to heartbreaking, showcasing the experiences of ordinary people from a broad spectrum of racial, gender, and age backgrounds. With a roster of writers that includes first time essayists and New York Times-bestselling authors Jennifer Weiner, Jenny Lawson and others, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER reflects our diverse contemporary lifestyles and rapidly changing definitions of motherhood.”
  • AUTHORS PRESENT THAT NIGHT WITH ESSAYS IN THE BOOK INCLUDE
    • PATTY CHANG ANKER is the author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave which Oprah.com calls “Downright inspiring,” is a Parents Magazine “Mom Must Read” and a Books for a Better Life Award Finalist. Her writing has appeared in O Magazine, Dr Oz The Good LIfe, WallStreetJournal.com and NPR,org. She blogs regularly for PsychologyToday.com‘s anxiety section and was named a Good Housekeeping “Blogger We Love” and a Circle of Moms Top 25 Funny Mom for her own blog, Facing Forty Upside Down. When she’s not speaking or leading workshops on facing fears she can be found chasing her two daughters across Westchester County. @PattyChangAnker www.pattychanganker.com
    • KATHY CURTO teaches Writing at Montclair State University and The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College.  Her work has been published in Talking Writing, Junk, The Inquisitive Eater, The Asbury Park Press, Italian Americana, VIA-Voices in Italian Americana, Lumina, The Mom Egg and Splash of Red.  Kathy has shared her stories with audiences across the metropolitan area, in Washington DC and in the beautiful town of Erice on the island of Sicily and has also been a featured guest essayist on NPR.   In 2012 she was selected as one of the cast members of the first NYC Listen to Your Mother show.  Kathy lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and their four children.  Please visit her website: kathycurto.com.
    • EDWARD MCCANN Is a writer whose features and essays have been published in national magazines and literary journals.  A contributing editor for Country Living magazine, Ed has also written the text for several published books. He worked nearly a decade as an award-winning television writer and producer, originating a weekly broadcast magazine show and collaborating on a series of documentaries and special news reports.  At The Culinary Institute of America, Ed spent a year creating instructional videos for students and for the hospitality industry, then partnered with designer Richard Kollath to collaborate on publishing projects and form their new design company, Kollath McCann Creative Services.
    • BARBARA PATRICK passionate owner of Bitty Birdie Design, is a quilter and fabric artist who lovingly turns vibrant fabrics into keepsakes of many types.  She is also a wife and mother to three children in three different schools in Newtown, CT.  Barb functions at two speeds — efficiently OCD or asleep.  This is Barb’s debut into weaving words together for all the world to see.  Connect with Barb at BittyBirdie.com.
    • AMY WILSON is the author of When Did I Get Like This? (HarperCollins, Target “Emerging Author” selection) and Mother Load, a one-woman show which toured to 16 cities nationwide after its hit run off-Broadway.  As an actor, Amy also co-starred in The Last Night of Ballyhoo on Broadway, appeared as a series regular on two sitcoms (NBC’s Daddio and ABC’s Norm), and has guest starred in many other TV shows and films. She has written for magazines like Redbook and Parenting, and websites like CNN, NPR, and The New York Times. Blog: whendidigetlikethis.com.

Arranged by: Jenny Nigro, MoM Online Intern

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Meet Laura Fuentes on May 9 at the Upper West Side Barnes and Noble!

laura fuentes imageContinuing from our post last week about the programming that we have going on during the week leading up to Mother’s Day, we’re pleased to showcase the event that will be held on Saturday, May 9. As with the Mother Egg Review event we mentioned in our last post, the Museum of Motherhood will emcee a series of mother-centric appearances and readings at the Upper West Side Barnes and Noble (at 82nd and Broadway) from May 6-10. These events coincide with a fundraiser to benefit the museum, hosted by B & N. You may have seen this posted on other parts of our site, but just in case you missed it, here’s the skinny on the fundraiser: for the week of May 6-15, anyone who purchases books through barnesandnoble.com and uses the code 11455805 will see a portion of their sale go to the Museum of Motherhood. On Saturday, May 9, we will welcome Laura Fuentes, renown children’s wellness expert, to the Upper West Side Barnes and Noble from 1-3PM.

Laura is an author, speaker, recipe developer, entrepreneur, and expert in the field of family nutrition. She is the creator and founder of MOMables, an online resource that offers fun and creative ideas for planning kids’ school lunches. She is the host of MOMables Radio, a podcast available on iTunes, a columnist for the Huffington Post, a purveyor of useful how-tos on her YouTube channel, and the author of two must-have recipe books for parents everywhere: The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet and The Best Homemade Snacks on the Planet. Additionally, Laura speaks nationally on a wide range of topics, including family food, children’s health, school lunch policy, and business. She holds a degree in Global Economics and a Master’s of Business Administration. A common thread among these ventures, Laura is “committed to helping parents make real food happen in their households by sharing easy recipes and quick tips.” Laura is a native of Spain and the mother of three.

Contributed by: Jenny Nigro, MoM Online Intern

 

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The Mom Egg Review and Marjorie Tesser

Marjorie Tesser photoThere is a lot in store for the Museum of Motherhood over the next couple of months! We’re excited to share the events and projects we have planned leading up to Mother’s Day with you in our upcoming blog entries (including last week’s post about the 2015 conference titled “New Maternalisms” to be held on May 2). We hope that you will share these happenings with your communities and join us for these mother-centric plans.

This week, we’re profiling the Mom Egg Review, which will be celebrated at the Upper West Side Barnes and Noble location at Broadway and W 82nd St on Wednesday, May 7 from 7-9PM. The night will feature readings from select contributors to the collection. And who better to explain the purpose and vision of the Mom Egg Review than its editor, Marjorie Tesser?

For those of you who don’t know her, Marjorie Tesser is a poet and editor of the Mom Egg Review, an independent annual print collection of stories (both fiction and non-), poetry, and art that embraces motherwork. An attorney by training, she can also count editor and entrepreneur as her callings. In addition to editing the Mom Egg Review, Marjorie was also the editor of a compilation of poems called Bowery Women and co-editor of Estamos Aqui: Poems by Migrant Farmworkers. She is the author of two books of poems, The Important Thing Is and The Magic Feather.

Of the Mom Egg Review, Marjorie writes:

Mom Egg Review publishes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction by writers who are mothers or who write about motherhood.

There’s a school of thought in modern literature that the personal narrative is dead, that its narrow point of view speaks little to the complexities of today’s world; that those stories all have been told. But not these stories, of women’s lives—of family and motherhood, of culture, work, love, politics, from diverse women’s viewpoints and experience. For thousands of years, the focus of history and art has come from the perspective of males. But women’s stories and insights are important, vital, for our world.

The Museum of Motherhood (along with its non-profit Motherhood Foundation) believes in the importance of these stories, and supports, promotes, nurtures, and celebrates women and their work in an amazing variety of ways—creative, academic, maternal, and entrepreneurial are just some examples, and consistently fosters connections and collaboration.

Our current issue of Mom Egg Review contains a special poetry folio themed “Compassionate Action”. The poems address urgent circumstances, and explore options for overcoming stasis and aligning hands and feet with minds and hearts.

The Museum of Motherhood is the epitome of such action, telling and showing the truths about mothers’ roles and work and value. The media and the established powers, with their tendency to exalt or disparage motherhood, are not exposing these truths. It’s up to us to insure that our stories get told, and heard. We need to support the institutions that that work to ensure that our voices, our experience, views, needs, and realities, are acknowledged.

Contributed by: Jenny Nigro, MoM Online Intern