Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What kind of reading?

I'm not sure what you're looking for?

An essay? A poem? A story?

Do I have to be a mother?

That's the beauty of it. We're not looking for anything in particular; at least, we're not looking for any form in particular.

We're looking for you. Your words. Your perspective. Your unique voice on motherhood.

An essay? Sure. My readings are in what might be called short essay form. This post made the top 100 blogposts for BlogHer Voices of the Year last year. (BlogHer has a community reading event similar to LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER, although not focused on motherhood.) And here's another more recent example of my work that might work well for LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER.

But, these are only ideas. Mine is only one style.

A poem? Yes. A story? Yes. A moment in time, described in gorgeous detail? Absolutely. An editorial on a passionate issue? Yes. About your mother? Perfect. Your wife or partner as a mother? Fabulous. The kind of mother you'd like to be some day? Yes. A spoof? We'd love it. Infertility? Without doubt. Adoption? Yes.

You needn't be a certain kind of mother.  You needn't be a mother at all.

My words are too heartbreaking. They aren't.

I think of motherhood in funny or ironic terms. Make us laugh.

There aren't any rules to this. Wit. Wisdom. Heartache. Poignancy. Show us your heart.

You can see the video of the Madison 2010 LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show here. Read National Director Ann Imig's lovely words on auditioning. We direct you there only for guidance, we want our show to be as unique as you are.

Be inspired and then be you. Come and read for us. Auditions are February 26. Email us at

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