Mama's Writing

Jenny Lumet | Mama’s Writing


Mama’s Writing is Raising Mothers’ monthly interview series, curated by Deesha Philyaw.

What three words describe you as a writer?

Disciplined, driven, curious.

What fictional mother gets on your nerves?

Kanga. From Winnie the Pooh. She only existed to be a pouch. WTF Kanga.

What makes you a bad-ass mother?

I’m willing to learn from my kids.

What are three words your kid(s) would use to describe you?

“Needs to get out more”  That’s 5 words but…

What’s the worst motherhood advice you’ve ever gotten?

Almost everything from the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

How has parenting bolstered (or inhibited) your creativity?

My creative life and my parenting life really started at the same time. I wouldn’t have a creative life without my kids. Is that weird?

How has motherhood shaped your relationship with the world?

If the world looks at my kids cross-eyed, there’s a scorched earth policy that comes into play.  So there’s that. But I’m certainly a better citizen.

Jenny Lumet is the screenwriter of Rachel Getting Married for which she received the 2008 New York Film Critics Circle Award, 2008 Toronto Film Critics Association Award and 2008 Washington D.C Film Critics Association Award. She also received a 2008 NAACP Image Award. She is also the writer of the screen adaptations of The Center Cannot Hold and The Language of Flowers, and she served as a script doctor on the films Remember Me, Bobbie Sue, Honeymoon with Harry, and The Mummy. Lumet serves as co-creator and showrunner of the upcoming CBS All Access series The Man Who Fell to Earth.She is presently an executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery, and a co-executive producer on Star Trek: Picard, and is a co-Creator and executive producer on the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

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Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow.