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Fifth Anniversary Update: Rosemarie Emanuele

December 15th, 2013

I found the request for essays for Mama, PhD when I was searching for information on how to balance the life of a professor with that of a mother. I was hoping to design a workable maternity leave program for my college, one that, unlike the current use of medical leave, would include new fathers […]

Fifth Anniversary Updates: Amy Hudock

December 13th, 2013

I’d have to say that much has changed for me in relation to academia and motherhood. Mainly, in moving from working at 4 year colleges to a 2 year college, I’ve noticed that the number of women in leadership positions is much higher. The culture about parenting, thus, is more open. Faculty sometimes bring children […]

Fifth Anniversary Update: Laura Levitt

December 11th, 2013

My news is bittersweet. I am so very happy that my mother got to celebrate the publication of this book and read the essay I wrote for her five years ago. She was diagnosed with a form of frontal temporal dementia not long after the book came out. And she died at the end of […]

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day!

February 25th, 2010

People write to me at Literary Mama fairly regularly, asking me to help them promote this or that event, and most of the time the events don’t have much to do with the mission of Literary Mama. But when I heard from the folks at LitWorld about World Read Aloud Day, it was easy to […]

Writing about Reading, from Rebecca Steinitz

February 17th, 2010

I was so happy when, a couple months ago, Mama, PhD contributor Rebecca Steinitz pitched a column to Literary Mama; every installment of How Does My Bookshelf Grow? has given me new book ideas and new ways to think about the books I’ve already read. This month might be my favorite installment yet, with its […]

New Writing from Sheila Squilante

February 15th, 2010

Sheila Squillante’s essay for Mama, PhD, Student/Body, describes her experience teaching a Business Writing class during her first pregnancy; this month on Literary Mama, she writes about her son’s infancy and her hopes for an easier time with her second: When I found myself pregnant a second time I promised myself it would be different. […]

New writing from Irena Smith

January 11th, 2010

Readers who loved Irena Smith’s essay, Failure to Progress, in Mama, PhD won’t want to miss her new piece this month in Literary Mama. Here’s an excerpt: So there we were, my husband David and I, on a road trip with our thirteen-year-old late last July, and I hadn’t a thing to wear. And when […]

An update from Miriam Peskowitz

December 2nd, 2009

Miriam Peskowitz was a writer recommended to us for the project by Amy Hudock. Elrena and I were both admirers of Miriam’s book, The Truth Behind the Mommy Wars: Who Decides What Makes A Good Mother? (Seal Press, 2005) and knew she would be able to contribute a foreword to the book that was both […]

The Long and Winding Road

September 7th, 2009

Jean Kazez‘s essay opens the third section of the book, Recovering Academic, and tells the story of her gradual departure from tenure-track teaching after her twins were born. “This was no easy decision,” she writes, “After telling my department head I was interested in adjunct teaching, I felt like a boat cut from its moorings, […]

Recovering Academic

September 4th, 2009

When Elrena and I first began talking about Mama, PhD, we quickly developed a wish list of contributors, and Jennifer Margulis’ name was on both our lists. We knew she had a PhD; we knew she had a thriving freelance writing and editing career. We didn’t know how she got from one to the other. […]

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