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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 …

Raising Mother Is Seeking Submissions to Commemorate #Stonewall50!

We’re opening submissions for this special call from June 4th to June 17th   Raising Mothers is seeking submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative and hybrid writing to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We will prioritize BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) trans women and children for this call. Length is up to you; most essays we publish fall between 1500-4000 words. Poetry should be at least 3-5 pieces. Read our submissions page for details and who to address work to for each department under DEPARTMENTS.  Deadline is June 17 for all submissions. Thanks for reading! If you enjoy Raising Mothers, please consider making a one-time or recurring contribution to help us remain ad-free. If even a fraction of subscribers signed up to contribute $1 per month, Raising Mothers could be self-sustaining!

A Conversation With Literary Mama

This week Literary Mama published an interview with our EIC, Sherisa de Groot. They discussed the need for literary spaces specifically for BIPOC and how vital our role and platform is. From the interview: ”AJ: Raising Mothers looks not only at motherhood, but also the lack of literary publications that focus on women and mothers of color. Your site states that “There is an endless supply of websites targeted at how to raise children from birth until they leave the nest. Few, if any, focus on raising us. Fewer still pay any attention to mothers of color.” What role do you think a journal or magazine that focuses on mother writers of color can play in challenging the status quo of the literary community? The parenting community? SdG: I think literary journals like Raising Mothers play a vital role. We work diligently to make sure we see each other and to make sure everyone else does, too. There is a lack of representation across the board as to who and what is the motherhood ideal. …

A Letter from the Editors

Dear readers, Thank you so much for joining us! This year is the first time I’ve had a full staff (there are still a few positions available if you’re interested) and I’ve learned a lot in terms of delegating and managing expectations. Luckily, those expectations have been surpassed. I’m really proud of the quality of work we’ve always published, but especially in the past few months. Sharing our stories is one of the biggest and simplest reasons for Raising Mothers existence and seeing readers connect on a deeper level is meaningful. This space will get to live on and these stories are now a part of collective resistance to oppression. It’s a full expression of who we are, inside and outside of parenthood.  What we’ve launched so far this year: MOTHER MAIL Mother Mail is a monthly postcard swap that we host. You join at the $6 or $12 level (Use this link and change it to € if you are in Europe) and you are sent addresses of participants every month for 6 or …