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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.
~Jane Wyker

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


Suzi Banks Baum
Suzi Banks Baum

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 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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  • Lorrin Krouss

    Dear Suzi,
    Thank you for helping me to re-invent my life. I hang on your every word. I am over-whelmed that I am one of your “amazing women” – and feel humbled to be in such talented company. I know that it will be standing room only on Friday night, March 1st at Dewey Hall.

    Lorrin Krouss

  • Linda

    I am so proud of all the work you have done to bring this anthology into being! I am also proud to call you friend, sister, goddess extraordinaire, and fellow mother. Thank you for including me in the anthology – I am truly honored! Love, love! xoxo

  • Lori Landau

    Add my thanks to these for the way you came into my life and enfolded me in to yours. That we share so much in common, right down to our red chairs, is a daily gift. Thank you so for including my voice and my art in this wildly beautiful and generous book. I am honored by the inclusion and honor you right back for you amazing achievement and constant support of other women. LOVE

  • Nancy

    Hi, how are you?

    My name is Nancy D’Aprile, I am writing on behalf of the Putnam County nonprofit that I work for, H. G. Fairfield Arts Center. We are having an event this summer called Woman Fest: Celebrating Women. It will take place August 8th and 9th in Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel, NY. There are so many different ways to participate, so I’d like to use this email to give you a brief overview.

    Woman Fest is a two-day festival to celebrate the strengths and accomplishments of women from all walks of life. It works like a community fair: we’ll have food and merchandise vendors, pony rides for kids, a night stage with performing artists, and themed tents set up throughout the Park. There will be around 15 themed tents — Tent of the Environment, Women and Health Tent, Fine Arts Tent, Women and Spirituality, Women in Power Tent, etc. In each tent we will hold workshops/activities/rituals/speakers. After paying the $10 admission (kids are free!), anyone is welcome to enter and peruse the fun activities in these tents. Above all, Woman Fest provides a nurturing space for women to showcase who they are and what they’re doing.

    If you’d like more information please don’t hesitate to call/email us!

    Thanks so much for your time!

  • Suzi Banks Baum
  • mandythompson

    Thank you for pulling this book together. :) It was my first reach to the outside world with regards to mommying while artisting… I was in that panicked place of “how can I do all of this?” And these stories made me feel normal.

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