We live in an era where women are pitted against each other based on parenting decisions. We hear narratives of “childless by choice” vs. mothers, and those who do parent are conscripted into mommy wars: working mothers vs. stay-at-home moms. This panel will include reports from one particular front of working motherhood: the writer mom. Why and how do they do it? Reports may take the form of coded messages, sleep-deprived scribblings, cries for help and/or reports of victory.
Katrina Alcorn leads the user experience discipline for Hot Studio, has worked as a freelance writer and editor for several newspapers and magazines, and is the author of "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink."
Aya de Leon
Aya de Leon teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley as director of the Poetry for the People program. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Essence Magazine, xojane, Ebony, Woman’s Day, Writers Digest, KQED Pop, and Bitch Magazine, and on Def Poetry. Her debut book, a feminist heist novel, will be published in 2016.
Carolina De Robertis
Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novel “Perla and The Invisible Mountain.” De Robertis is of Uruguayan heritage and lives with her wife and two children in Oakland. Her third novel, “The Gods of Tango,” has just been published.
Kate Schatz is a writer, editor, and educator. She is the author of the children's book, “Rad American Women A-Z” and “Rid of Me: A Story.” She is a co-founder of The Encyclopedia Project, and is the Chair of the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts.
Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the illustrated "Rent Girl" and the award-winning "Valencia," a collection of poetry, a novel and a YA fantasy series. She is the founder and Artistic Director of RADAR Productions, which oversees the decade-long RADAR Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library, the international Sister Spit literary tours, and the Radar LAB, a free writers' retreat in Mexico. She is Editor at Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights.