So yeah, Listen To Your Mother Boston is coming in 2014! I’m directing, Cheryl and Phyllis are producing. We’ll spend the next few months looking for a venue, sponsors, and most importantly, the readers who will make it all happen on the big day. Please let us know if you’re interested in working with us. We’d love to hear from you and we’re especially excited to work with local businesses.
It’s a really big project. And today I have a lot of ladies to thank for getting here.
First, the women of BlogHer Voices of the Year 2012. I listened to them and I felt like I’d been dipped in a pool of liquid inspiration. That day was critical to helping me feel connected to my blog and my writing and give me a mission to up my game. I set a goal to write better and write honest and share.
Second, to my mom. She was the first person I wrote about when I set that goal. Instead of partying, I went up to my room and started to write a piece about her. She is amazing and completely essay-worthy. I suspect that this year I may have to write about her again.
Third, to the women of Listen To Your Mother Providence 2013: Brianne DeRosa, Kirsten DiChiappari, Lexi Magnusson, Jennifer Ciplet, Jackie Hennessy, Alicia Kamm, Marian Kent, Lauren Jordan, Kelly Baraf and Stephanie Lazenby. Finding myself among you was one of the biggest honors ever. We became more than a group of women reading together. We’ve gone on to be a real support group as we strive to make our lives bolder. That experience makes me want to open it up so other people can have what we have.
Fourth, to Laura Rossi and Carla Molina, the directors of LTYM Providence who chose that fantastic group of women. They showed leadership and love to all of us and it had a lot to do with how connected our group was. Real vision, real love, thank you my friends.
Fifth, to Ann Imig, who’s ambition for LTYM is unending and who wants to bring these magical events to everyone everywhere. She was kind enough to select Boston as a new city for 2014.
Sixth, to my treasured blogging buds Cheryl Stober and Phyllis Myung, who decided we would go through this crazy thing together. I am so happy to have such capable and articulate and wonderful and accomplished women at my side.
And to everybody else:
If you’re in the Boston area, now’s the time to start. Write, write, write. Write about being a mother, having a mother, knowing a mother, finding a mother, losing a mother, any of it. We want all kinds of voices, we want all kinds of stories, just make it incredible.
If you’re anywhere else, there’s very possibly a show near you. Take a look and buy a ticket or write an essay.
I don’t have thanks yet, but I’m already so excited to build a new group of people (men and women, hopefully) to build something great together and I’m so excited for our audience to get to experience it with us.