From the Editors

CALL FOR WORK for our first LIVE reading: Mothering and Writing as Movement Work


On August 31, 3-5pm PST at the San Francisco Public Library Learning Studio, Raising Mothers will host its first live reading and craft conversation. Becoming a parent is a time of redefinition.  In partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and the Institute for Advanced Uncertainty, Raising Mothers will facilitate a reading with 3 Bay Area writers in person and include the voices of 3 writers who have been published online at Raising Mothers. Please include a link to your previously published work from Raising Mothers as proof. 
This is your opportunity to have your voices heard!  Record your published piece from Raising Mothers!  All pieces will be included in the Raising Mothers Youtube Channel (with your permission).  Three pieces will be selected by the editor to be played at the San Francisco reading itself.  Those three (3) selected writers will each receive $50 for their participation in the San Francisco reading.  The full reading and craft discussion will be recorded and a video of the full event, including submitted videos, will be added to the Youtube Channel.
To be considered, videos must be sent via MP4 file or Google Drive link to (addressed to Raina Léon) by July 31. 
The three selected writers will be contacted by August 15.
We are here, as a collective voice to raise one another up.
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Sherisa de Groot (she/her) is a writer, community builder, and founder of Raising Mothers, literary membership community Literary Liberation, and pens A Home Within Myself. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Kindred by Parents, Refinery 29, Mutha Magazine, and Oldster Magazine and she was a contributor to the book ‘100 Diverse Voices on Parenthood’ by A Kid’s Company About. With a focus on intersectionality and social justice, de Groot’s writing explores the nuances of motherhood and the experiences of BIPOC mothers and marginalized genders. Through her work, she aims to amplify the voices of those who have been historically silenced and create a more equitable world for all. Raising Mothers was the 2021 Romper People’s Choice Iris Award Winner. Originally from Brooklyn New York, she is a first-generation American turned immigrant living in Amsterdam, NL with her husband, two children, and cat.