All posts filed under: Mama’s Writing

Mama’s Writing | Bassey Ikpi

Mama’s Writing is Raising Mother’s monthly interview series, curated by Deesha Philyaw. Are there days when you feel like a mother who writes and other days where you feel like a writer who is a mother? I always feel like a writer who is a mother. I have a huge amount of privilege because I have a family who is co-parenting with me. So it’s rarely a choice between doing the work and making sure that my son is cared for. I never have to make a decision like that because I have a lot of help and a lot of people who are available. He’s also a very self-sufficient kid and has been. Old folks always say you get the kid that you need. He started pouring his own cereal at three, you know what I mean?  Of course, he’s a child, so he definitely needs a lot. But he doesn’t need as much as kids who have parents or mothers who, for a lack of a better word, kind of fixate on their …

Mama’s Writing | Kavita Das

  Mama’s Writing is Raising Mothers’ monthly interview series, curated by Deesha Philyaw. Are there days when you feel like a mother who writes, and others when you feel like a writer who is a mother? I had my first baby, Daya, in the fall of 2019 as a forty-five year-old, seven years into my writing career and just months after my first book Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar was published. During her first few months, when I was fortunate enough to have childcare, I saw myself as a writer who was a mother. I was struggling with figuring out “what next” after my first book, which had been a passion project but also with feelings of guilt for leaving my child with someone else while I scurried to my writing space to wrestle with words on a page. But then the pandemic hit, and I no longer had childcare and a strange thing happened as my husband and I juggled child care on top of our work. I found that although …

Mama’s Writing | Toya R. Smith

  Mama’s Writing is Raising Mother’s monthly interview series, curated by Deesha Philyaw. Are there days when you feel like a mother who writes, and others when you feel like a writer who is a mother?  At this stage in the game, I feel like a woman who is a mother and likes to write. I don’t identify as a mother, if that makes sense. I’m a woman. A Black woman. A Black woman who does many things, primary among them – mothering. I also write and dance and do makeup and read bones and on and on. I’m waiting for that moment when I feel like a capital W Writer and beyond that, an Author. I think once I’ve had my pieces published in a few different outlets, get paid for it, and folks engage with the things I’ve written, I’ll feel like a Writer. But when I see my book on a shelf with Maya’s and Toni’s and Octavia’s and Stephen’s … well, then … Bitch, you’re an Author! How has parenting influenced …

Mama’s Writing | Aiesha Turman

  Mama’s Writing is Raising Mothers’ monthly interview series, curated by Deesha Philyaw. Are there days when you feel like a mother who writes, and others when you feel like a writer who is a mother? Although I embraced writing before motherhood, I became more a writer since becoming a mother, so I am a mother who writes. How has parenting influenced your writing? Parenting has been the catalyst for much, if not all of my writing. Not that I write solely about my daughter, but being a mother has been the space where I have been prodded to explore the relationships with my own parents and grandparents, and how those relationships and lives have been impacted and are intertwined with history. Parenting has also been the catalyst for my thinking and writing about the future and world making. How has writing influenced your parenting? Writing has affected my parenting by showing my daughter that she will need to create the space that she needs to do what she needs and wants to do. I have …

Mama’s Writing | Julia Mallory

Mama’s Writing is Raising Mothers’ monthly interview series, curated by Deesha Philyaw. Are there days when you feel like a mother who writes, and others when you feel like a writer who is a mother? Not really – my new normal often feels like one huge blurred line. I’ve been a mother longer than I have considered myself a writer so it is hard for me to distinguish between the two. My shifting role as a mother has afforded me more space to write, my shifting role as a writer has afforded me more courage to mother How has parenting influenced your writing? 2020 marks my 20th mothering anniversary. While I have always considered myself a poet, I didn’t truly consider myself a writer until my first collection of poetry was published in November 2016, and I wrote a children’s book as follow up. When my teenage daughter read the draft for my first children’s book, she said, “It’s good, like a real writer wrote it.” I have been considering myself a real writer ever since. …