An Anthology of Babes
An Anthology of Babes
Thirty-Six Women Give Motherhood a Voice
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An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice is a collection of writings and art about mothering by women who are also artists. Do you pause during the course of a normal batshit busy day to wonder, “Will I ever finish a full sentence again?” or “Is it possible to resurrect my own voice amid the din of this crowd that persists in following me, even unto the bathroom?” These 36 women have finished a few sentences for you to be inspired by and to assure you that, yes, it is possible and even, really important for you to finish that row of knitting or write that story. In the words of Audre Lorde, “The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.”
Enclosed in this book are peeks in to the daily lives of some extraordinary women. Come join the circle.
“Did you realize that expressing yourself creatively isn’t just some fun luxury pastime? It’s actually vital to living a healthy life.
When you leave your creative ideas unexpressed, they fester, but when you bring them to life, you thrive.”~ Lissa Rankin ~
By purchasing this book you support women artists and two important organizations that provide vital services to women in Berkshire County, Massachusetts – The Community Health Programs (CHP) and Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM Berkshires), which provide free and low-cost medical care and services to women in need. Thank you!
The anthology includes works by the following amazing women:
Suzi Banks Baum, Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Shari Simpson, Alana Chernila, Janet Reich Elsbach, Karen Arp-Sandel, Kathy Drue, Leah Piken Kolidas, Hester Velmans, Lori Landau, Linda Jackson, Lorrin Krouss, Dara Emerita McKinley, Maria Sirois, Monica Devine, Gabrielle Senza, Gina Hyams, Nichole Dupont, Sharon Pywell, Lissa Rankin, Leigh Strimbeck, Rachelle Panagarry, Christine Casarsa, Joanne Tombrakos, Michelle Gillett, Jennifer Currie, Stella Elliston, Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser, Jenny Laird, Sou MacMillan, Linda C. Wisniewski, Karen Lee, Cheryl Paley, Beth Bornstein Dunnington, Felicia Bender, and Christina Rahr Lane.
What readers are saying:
Having spent so many years of my adult life mothering four children, I am touched by how you hold motherhood in your heart, not only as a role or as what is given to children, but a rich and creative womanly process. I always feel that in you personally, and feel it in your writing. Your high regard for the women you have chosen and their art, is also very palpable.
The majority of essays in this book touch on artistic expression and how mothers choose to weave this into their lives. There is beautiful black and white art scattered throughout the book. It’s the most profound book I’ve seen for Mother-Artists. It’s not a practical book with how-to’s as much as it is a book touching a raw nerve, that nerve that makes us Momma-Artists feel a little crazy as we walk the edge.
~Mandy Steward Messy Canvas
About the Editor
Suzi Banks Baum has been a full-time mom for the last 20 years. She leads the Powder Keg Sessions: A Writing Workshop for Women in Great Barrington and the Ramsdell Library in Housatonic, MA and blogs at laundrylinedivine.com. In addition to editing An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood A Voice, she is writing her own first book, Laundry Line Divine: A Wild Soul Book for Mothers. She lives with her husband and two children in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.
About the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (BFWW) was created in honor of Women’s History Month. Throughout the month of March, BFWW hosts events at local libraries, bookstores, theaters and schools throughout Berkshire County, all of which are open to the public. Major funding for the 2013 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is made possible by grants from the Massachusetts Council on the Humanities, the local Cultural Councils of many Berkshire towns, and generous support from many organizations, businesses and individuals.
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