R132. Writing/Motherhood: Difficulty, Ambivalence, and Joy

Room 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


The fear of a “bad poem with a baby in it,” as Joy Katz puts it, is just one of the challenges of writing about mothering. There’s also the practical difficulties of writing while raising children. The poets on this panel speak back to cultural narratives about motherhood and writing, which often position motherhood as an all-consuming, joyous state at odds with art-making. Panelists will read poems and share ideas and experiences about navigating the intense work of writing and mothering.



Nancy Reddy is the author of Double Jinx, winner of the 2014 National Poetry Series, and the chapbook Acadiana. She is the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin fellowship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the NJ Council on the Arts.

Chanda Feldman is the author of Approaching the Fields. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, and has received a NEA Fellowship for Poetry and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. She holds an MFA from Cornell University. Chanda is a visiting professor at Oberlin College for 2017–18.

Carolina Ebeid received 2015/2016 NEA Fellowship, and awards from the Stadler Center, CantoMundo, and Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center, and is a doctoral student at the University of Denver. You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior is her first poetry collection.

Emily Pérez is the author of the poetry collection House of Sugar, House of Stone, and the chapbook Backyard Migration Route. A CantoMundo fellow, she has received funding and support from Bread Loaf, the Artist Trust, Jack Straw Writers, and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

Chelsea Rathburn is the author of two books of poetry, A Raft of Grief and The Shifting Line. Her writing has appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, and other journals. Recipient of a 2009 NEA fellowship in poetry, she directs the creative writing program at Young Harris College,


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