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2021 Best of the Net nominations!

After 6 years it’s our first time entering competitions and I wish the best for each nominee. It feels exceptional because how many literary spaces focus only on Black and brown parent writers talking about that subject? I hope they all place and it was extremely difficult to choose coming off this past year. It was incredibly difficult to choose—but we’re pleased to finally announce our nominees for Best of the Net 2021! Poetry Akua Lezli Hope, “They Are Swimmers“ Anna Limontas-Salisbury, “Some Mothers III“ Janel Cloyd, “In the Land of Milk and Honey We Are Lactose Intolerant and the Bees Are Dying“ JP Howard, “Lullabies for Black Boys“ LaToya Tee Bellamy-Hunter, “She Know (Free Verse)“ Lee Scottlorde, “Softness is your birthright“ Fiction Najah Farley, “We Call Them Destiny: A Birth Story“ Oreoluwa Oladimeji, “The Test of Womanhood“ Nonfiction Tonya Abari, “Backscatter“ Son Trà Nguyen, “The Other Side of Town“ Help us congratulate them all!

Meet Julia Mallory, Senior Poetry Editor

Meet our Senior Poetry  Editor, Julia Mallory (she/her). We asked her to share a bit more about herself in a new series we’re running for our editors. Here are Julia’s 10 questions. What are your writing rituals? Generally, I start writing only under the influence of inspiration which means that I have to get started as soon as possible to capture the wave of words while they are still fresh. This could also mean that if I interrupt the flow with any additives, I might miss some of the message as it’s coming to me or even dull the feeling that it’s traveling through.  But, when it’s time to build the writing beyond the initial inspiration or revise the writing, particularly if it feels stuck or slow to come, I might light a candle and/or incense to clear my space and invite clarity or insight. I might also create a soundtrack from existing music to support the world I am building with my words. And if I am really, really stuck? I do something else. I …

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. …