Author: Sherisa de Groot

Ten Questions for Chin-Sun Lee

What inspired you to tell this story? About eight years ago, I spent two consecutive summers in a hamlet in the Catskills, where I was able to observe small town life. As someone who’d lived mostly in large urban cities, I found the ecosystem of a rural community pretty fascinating. On one hand, it was predominantly white, so it was a new experience for me to feel how I stood out. On the other hand, I was surprised by how tolerant most people were toward each other, despite varying backgrounds of class, race, occupation, and sexual orientation. I think this had a lot to do with the fact that within a small confine, you had to accommodate, or the society around you would become dysfunctional. This was also just before the Trump era, and the divisiveness it ushered in, so I’m not sure if that tolerance remained or changed in that community since. In any case, I’ve always had a sociological bent, so this dynamic of compression was intriguing to me, and in my novel, …

WORKSHOP: Love as Liberation for BIPOC Writers

Date: April 20 Duration: 2 Hours | 10 AM – 12 PM PST (1 – 3 PM EST) Location: Online Cost: $55 15 spaces available Details In this writing wellness workshop, “Love as Liberation for BIPOC Writers,” Dr. Cecilia Caballero will draw on bell hooks’ assertion that love is an action and practice of freedom. Inspired by hooks’ “All About Love,” workshop participants will explore love as liberation through a guided meditation led by Cecilia, generative and self-reflective writing prompts, and group dialogue. How can love as liberation, the inner work of healing, and the power of poetics strengthen relationships with ourselves, our families, and our communities of color? Participants will also have the option to verbally share their writing and receive verbal feedback from Cecilia. No previous writing experience necessary. Click here for more info and to register for this workshop.

Literary Liberation Has A New Home!

Literary Liberation (or LitLib for short) is a private membership creative community and an extension of the work happening here at Raising Mothers. Our resource hub is hosted on Substack and paid members also gain access to our private WhatsApp community. Membership is $12/month or $120/year to provide financial accessibility to more people. Literary Liberation is a community of artists, writers, and activists across multiple creative concentrations working towards our collective liberation. Read more from our About page. Become a member here.

Ten Questions for Jen Soriano

What inspired you to tell this story? A lot of sleepless nights lying awake in pain! And Audre Lorde, whose book The Cancer Journals, was the first book that showed me a model of how to blend personal illness narrative with political analysis and purpose. In The Cancer Journals Audre Lorde wrote, “I had known the pain, and survived it. It only remained for me to give it voice, to share it for use, that the pain not be wasted.” I was thankfully not suffering from cancer, but I was living with invisible and debilitating chronic pain that seemed to demand a form of expression. So I took Lorde’s line as a mandate. How could I give voice to my pain and share it, so that it would not be wasted? Also, I wrote this book to be my own witness and advocate for integrative health. I wanted to assemble a meaningful narrative about the chronic pain and mental health challenges I had experienced for most of my life, a deeper narrative than I ever …

Raising Mothers Member Drive

Dear Readers, In 2012, when I was pregnant with my first child, I knew I wanted to create a space where we centered the narratives of parents. Not in the ways we were used to seeing online. I wasn’t interested in the daily documentation of life, of sharing the stories of children without their consent, of selling “stuff” to fill—the parts of you you felt you lost, the parts of you you think you should be, the parts of you left in utter confusion. I didn’t want to take advantage, which unfortunately is central to so much of new parenthood. You have to buy this and this and this and that otherwise you’re not, something. No. Having children actually deepened my curiosity of what makes us, us. Something I’d been drawn to from a young age, listening to the stories my grandmother shared. Listening to the spaces between those stories. Wishing I had more time with her, with a more mature mind to ask her about those spaces. I wanted to make a room for …