R189. Finding a Way: The Secret Life of a Solo Mom Writer

Cody D. Todd Memorial Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Halls D & E, Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Solo mom writers often feel pressure to create art as if we didn’t have children—and simultaneously raise children alone as if we didn’t have art. In the present literary discourse, there are few places to acknowledge this dissonance. Creating a space to celebrate our shared experience is an important beginning to re-shaping the world we inhabit. Join us for a conversation with solo mom writers of various genres whose stories may be both validating and surprising.



Marika Lindholm is the Founder of ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere), a social platform that provides support and resources for solo moms and publishes articles and essays written by solo moms. Lindholm taught sociology at Northwestern University for thirteen years.

Goldie Goldbloom’s novel, The Paperbark Shoe, won the AWP Award for the Novel. Her short fiction has been published in a collection, You Lose These, and in journals such as Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Narrative. She teaches at Northwestern and she recently received a NEA grant and a Dora Maar Fellowship

Domenica Ruta is the author of With or Without You, a memoir. Her short fiction has appeared in Epoch and the Indiana Review.

Cheryl Dumesnil's books include two poetry collections, Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes and In Praise of Falling; a memoir, Love Song for Baby X; and the anthology Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos, coedited with Kim Addonizio. She is the LGBTQ Editor for ESME.

Angela Ricketts is an army brat turned twenty-five-year wife of a career army officer. She is the author of the memoir No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife, which gives an inside glimpse into the insular infantry subculture during wartime. Angie has a master's degree in social psychology.


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