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Writer Mother Monster

Lara Ehrlich

Writer Mother Monster is a conversation series devoted to dismantling the myth of having it all and offering writer-moms solidarity, support, and advice as we make space for creative pursuits. Hosted by Lara Ehrlich, author of ANIMAL WIFE (Red Hen Press, 2020).

Recent Episodes

Writer Mother Monster, Special Episode: Writing Motherhood & Mental HealthJuly 08, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Kate BaerJuly 07, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Kendra DeColoJune 04, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Tananarive DueMay 29, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Lan Samantha Chang, “A lot of my younger students write stories about middle-aged characters who are angsty and bored, and I’m thinking, ‘No, that’s not what it’s been like for me.’ It’s been one crazy thing after another!”May 15, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Deesha Philyaw, “We think the worst thing is for our kids to feel unloved if we’re not there, but the worst is if we’re not there for ourselves; if we don’t show up for what we’re passionate about, to have unrealized dreams as a motMay 07, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Sadie Hoagland, “I write dark things. Once I had children, I became more careful; if I’m gonna engage with darkness, I’d better do it for a good reason and with a sense of responsibility.”May 07, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Stephanie Burt, "I was raised with the expectation that I would excel in a career and have time left over for kids, rather than the reverse, because the people who raised me didn’t know I was a girl."April 25, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Kim McLarin, "Writing was a way of imposing myself, of making a world that was hostile and wanted to render me invisible or dead acknowledge me and deal with me."April 24, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Riché Barnes, “Black women have had to come up with strategies for the survival of their children, families, and communities. It’s a toolkit passed down through the collective memory of Black mothers.”April 16, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Special Episode, Writing Motherhood & Miscarriage with Shannon Gibney & Kao Kalia YangApril 03, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Jennifer Chen, "My greatest pieces have come out of places of vulnerability and shame and fear.”March 27, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Rosanna Warren, “The book that I started in 1985 just came out in 2020, if that gives anybody courage to keep on going.”March 11, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Meagan McGovern, “Just because other people figured out how to use hangers doesn’t mean I’m ever gonna figure it out.”March 05, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Beth Ann Fennelly, "My daughter came home from daycare smelling like another woman’s perfume. I had this sense of betrayal."February 26, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Kristin Bair, “Every Facebook moms’ group has a provocateur.”February 20, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Lori L. Tharps, “My mom would tell me about a patient who lacerated his liver on the escalator because he didn’t tie his shoes.”February 13, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Ann Hood, “When I was in labor, I was judging the Barnes and Noble First Book Award.”February 03, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Rachel Zucker, “The person who made Candy Land should be killed.”January 28, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Elle Nash, “I loved being pregnant in Arkansas.”January 18, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Lyz Lenz, “Labias to the wall, ladies!”January 14, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Creating Community for Writer-Moms, with Scribente Maternum, “I’m for women being just a little bit selfish.”January 14, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Melanie Conroy-Goldman, “Motherhood turns you into a milk cow.”January 07, 2021 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Katie Gutierrez, “I was surprised at the depth of my anxiety.”December 17, 2020 Episode artwork Writer Mother Monster: Daria Polatin, “There’s only so much pie, you know?”December 07, 2020 Episode artwork