Date: Thursday, February 17, 2005 07:00 PM
Local Austin writer Marrit Ingman will be reading from her essay in Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts, edited by Bee Lavender and Maia Rossini.
Marrit Ingman is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Isthmus, Coast Weekly, Alternet, Clamor, and Mamalicious. She is a contributing reviewer for the Chronicle. Her first book, a memoir of postpartum depression, will be published by Seal Press. She also works as a filmmaker and is currently developing a self-produced documentary on alternative parenting in the United States. She lives in Austin, TX, with her family.
Brought to the kitchen table by HipMama.com publisher Bee Lavender and editor Maia Rossini, Mamaphonic collects confessions and conversations about the exhilarating, entertaining, and difficult aspects of remaining creative while raising children.
Essays range from hilarious, such as "The Rudest Muse" by Lisa Peet, an illustrator and specialty baker who, by listening to her teenage son, finds new direction for her work, to the heart-wrenching "Childish Things" by Lori Pfeiffer, a writer diagnosed with terminal illness during her pregnancy, who asks, "if you had only six months to live, what would you write?"
Including voices as diverse as a transgendered teenage couple, an academic feminist, a flamenco dancer, a punk rocker, and a poet, in the forms of essays, photographs, and illustrations, this eclectic mix of musings proves that becoming a mother is an expression of creativity, not its silencing.