Exploring real-life motherhood, from every angle, at every stage.
“A great motherhood resource for when I don’t want to be told things that I’m doing wrong, I just want to hear someone’s personal story. It’s totally a judge-free zone.” – Biz Ellis, One Bad Mother
“I love how the narratives in MUTHA Magazine remind you that everything changes–but not maybe all of the things you’re worried about.” – Ann Friedman, Call Your Girlfriend
“Fills the void for those who have experienced pregnancies or motherhood in ways that might fall outside of Leave it To Beaver.” – Marcia Brenner, Ms. Fit Magazine
“A space where all types of mothers can have a voice [in] prose as well as some of the finest comics about modern motherhood.” – Whit Taylor, Nat. Brut
Meg Lemke is the Editor-in-Chief of MUTHA. She also acts as the Graphic Novel Reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, programs the comics and graphic novels at the Brooklyn Book Festival, is a guest editor at Illustrated PEN, and takes on miscellaneous freelance projects in-between. She has worked as a book editor at Teachers College Press at Columbia University, Seven Stories Press and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The Seattle Review, The Atlanta Review, The Good Mother Myth blog, and Seleni, among other publications. She lives with her family in the dense mother-zone of Park Slope, Brooklyn. Find her @meglemke and meglemke.tumblr.com or read up on her formative years at Lady Collective.
Editor of the Teen MUTHAs Rise UP! collaborative column at MUTHA, as well as other work published on the site, Jen Bryant is a writer, coffee drinker, and stray cat whisperer. Her work has appeared in Ms., BUST, The Sun Magazine, Hipmama, and elsewhere. A native of the South, she currently resides in the Midwest.
Cheryl Klein, editor and “Hold it Lightly” columnist, is the author of a story collection, The Commuters (City Works Press), and a novel, Lilac Mines (Manic D Press). Her stories and essays have appeared in Blunderbuss, MUTHA, The Normal School, Razorcake and several anthologies. Her work has been honored by the MacDowell Colony and the Center for Cultural Innovation. She blogs about the intersection of art, life and carbohydrates at breadandbread.blogspot.com.
Kristen Stone is a writer, educator, and trauma therapist living in Gainesville, Florida. They are the author of THAT WHICH GIRLS CONJURE WILL HELP THEM SURVIVE (Guillotine, 2018), Domestication Handbook (Rogue Factorial, 2012) and self/help/work/book//The Story of Ruth and Eliza (Birds of Lace, 2014). Their work has appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, finery, Adrienne: a poetry journal of queer women, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere on Mutha. Read their love letters 4 psychic survival at kristenstone.com
Columnists and Contributing Editors
Aya de Leon, of MUTHA’s “Ask Aya,” teaches creative writing in the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books publishes her feminist heist series, Justice Hustlers: UPTOWN THIEF in 2016 (winner of Independent Publisher and International Latino Book Awards), THE BOSS in 2017, and THE ACCIDENTAL MISTRESS in 2018. She also authored the children’s picture book puffy: people whose hair defies gravity. She has received acclaim in the Washinton Post, Village Voice, SF Chronicle, and The Establishment. Her work has also appeared in Ebony, Guernica, Writers Digest, Huffington Post, The Toast, Quartz, Essence, Bitch Magazine and on Def Poetry. She is also at work on a children’s picture book to help talk to children about racism, a black girl spy YA novel called Going Dark, and an adult spy novel about FBI infiltration of an African American political organization. She blogs and tweets about race, gender, and culture at @AyadeLeon and ayadeleon.com.
Tara Dorabji, contributing editor, is a writer, strategist at Youth Speaks, mother, and radio journalist at KPFA. You can read Her Single Mom Secret in the bestselling new release about motherhood, So Glad They Told Me. Additional work is published in Al Jazeera, Jaggery, Tayo Literary Magazine, Huizache, Good Girls Marry Doctors (Aunt Lute 2016), Center for Asian American Media, Mutha, Censored 2016, and Midwifery Today. Tara is working on novels, set in Kashmir and Livermore. Her projects can be viewed at dorabji.com.
Sling City columnist at MUTHA, Jade Sanchez-Ventura is a writer and teacher of writing. She has studied at Hunter College, where she received her MFA, and with the VONA writer’s workshop. Her work has been published by Seal Press, Kweli Journal, Duende Literary Magazine, wherever mag, MUTHA, and on the covers of small town daily newspapers. She is the creator of The Secret Pregnancy, an accounting of the year that began with that first positive pregnancy test. She is completing her first manuscript; a memoir that crosses borders and generations. It’s also a love story. She is presently raising her son and teaching at Brooklyn Free School. Though she has ties to many far-flung countries, she has always made her home in Brooklyn, NY. Find her on twitter @jsv713.
Michelle Tea founded MUTHA Magazine, and went on to other adventures, remaining a great supporter. Tea is the author of five memoirs: The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, Valencia (now a film), The Chelsea Whistle, Rent Girl (illustrated) and How to Grow Up (Penguin/Plume), currently in development with Amazon Studios. Her novels include Mermaid in Chelsea Creek and Girl at the Bottom of the Sea, part of a Young Adult fantasy trilogy published by McSweeneys, and Rose of No Man’s Land. Black Wave is a dystopic memoir-fiction hybrid. Forthcoming works include Castle on the River Vistula, the final installment of the YA series, and Modern Tarot, a tarot how-to and spell book published by Harper Elixir. Tea is the curator of the Amethyst Editions imprint at Feminist Press. She founded the literary non-profit RADAR Productions and the international Sister Spit performance tours, and is the former editor of Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, Cosmopolitan, The Believer, Marie Clare, n+1, xoJane, California Sunday Magazine, Buzzfeed and many other print and web publications.
Harris Kornstein, Website Manager, is a PhD student by day, artist by night, drag queen on the weekends, and works freelance in between supporting artists, non-profits, and small businesses with their design and communications needs. Learn more: harrisdesignssometimes.com.
FOUNDER’S NOTE (2013):
I’ve been trying to get pregs for about two years now, and along the way I’ve become increasingly obsessed with all things Mom. In pop culture and science. In art and literature and film and television. The ways Moms looked in the 50s and 60s and 70s; the way Moms look now. I’m interested in baby names and maternity clothes and feminist child-rearing and mothering traditions. Punk moms and hippie moms and hip hop moms. Normal moms and weirdo moms, queer moms and straight moms, tiger moms and slacker moms. IVF and IUI and heterosexual fornication and adoption. Ovaries and uteruses and surrogates. Home births and scheduled c-sections. Bad moms, mommy wars, mommy everything. How people stay creative and vital while raising kids. I want a place online to hang out with all of it, without having pink flowers or digital sprinkles of fairy-baby dust assault my aesthetics. Welcome to MUTHA. ~ Michelle Tea, Founder
Meg Lemke is now running and editing the magazine, and all of the MUTHAs make it happen. Thank you, every one. Please share what you read, comment, keep us on our toes and keep it coming.
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