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Meet DW McKinney, Columns Senior Editor

Meet our Senior Columns Editor, DW McKinney (she/her). DW is a Black American essayist and interviewer living in Nevada. We asked her to share a bit more about herself in a new series we’re running for our editors. Here are DW’s 10 questions. What are your writing rituals? I have routines more than rituals. I alternate between editorial work and my personal writing in certain genres by day of the week. Wednesdays and weekends are for rest. I don’t listen to music while writing unless I need intense focus (heartbeat recordings) or high energy flows (hip-hop and [t]rap). Who is a writer who inspires you and why? NK Jemisin is amazing at worldbuilding and character development. Her characters are memorable and tangible to who we are in real life. I also love how she weaves cultural and social criticism in her work. She inspires me to dig deeper in my storytelling and to pull up a richness that I cannot yet fathom. What book has a significant influence on you/your writing? I talk about Maya Angelou’s …

Raising Mothers turns 5 this August!

This August Raising Mothers hits a milestone age. We are turning 5! In preparation of celebrating all month long; I am reaching out to you as our community. Raising Mothers wouldn’t exist without community, and as the creator of this sacred space, it is important that I drive that point home. I am currently working on our programming for the month and want to give you a heads up on what you can expect. Workshops! Our very first workshop will be with Julia Mallory of Black Mermaids. We plan on having at least one workshop a month (so if you are a writer and would like to sign up to lead one, contact us). Registration is currently open. A survey! I’m currently drafting a survey and I want to hear from you once it’s out. I’ll be calling on you to share it far and wide. Our annual pledge drive! Since 2016 I’ve held a pledge drive on behalf of Raising Mothers. This year I would like to see our membership soar and we need …

What Does it Take to Become the Standard?

Dear Reader, Today marks four years of Raising Mothers. While it is worthy of celebration, let’s be honest: the world is on fire. There are so many shitty things happening to people who don’t deserve it. There are children separated from their families, there are over-policed swaths of society and families afraid of sending their children back to school not because of educational or social pressures, but because of mass shootings that make the idea of education an unsafe one. Women and girls and trans people of color are being murdered at alarming rates and it feels like only other people of color, particularly Black people, care to talk about it. It is important to mark milestones. To celebrate. Even in shitty times. Especially then. Although Raising Mothers is now 4, we are really more like a 2 year old since the site was largely quiet for a while. I’ve come back to this space with a renewed spirit and focus. I am now working with some truly wonderful people to help grow the site. …

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 …

Raising Mothers Is Seeking Your Submissions!

Our Caribbean Heritage call is from June 5th to June 17th   GENERATIONS RAISING MOTHERS seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and graphic narratives for our Generations column. This section will explore the unique space that is being a first generation parent. This can mean you and/or your parent(s) was an immigrant or you are a first born in your family in your country of birth. What are your cultural norms? How do they differ from society-at-large? What presents itself in your parenting? Do they differ from your partner if there is one?   THE POLITICAL BODY RAISING MOTHERS seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and graphic narratives for The Political Body. What does it means to live in your body as a BIPOC with or without other marginal intersections? What does it mean to parent with this body? How are outside forces (society, our families, government, media) trying to dictate what it means to live how we do? This can also be viewed in shaping how we help our children view themselves. Especially interested in work …