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Milk & Ink: A Mosaic of Motherhood. Creating a Template of Possibility for Our Children Culturally, the image of the mother is often perched atop a pedestal of purity%u2014she is supposed to be long-suffering, patient, never ruffled, always available, unconditional, and beaming white light. But there is another side. Many women find that motherhood challenges them with a Milk & Ink: A Mosaic of Motherhood. Creating a Template of Possibility for Our Children Culturally, the image of the mother is often perched atop a pedestal of purity%u2014she is supposed to be long-suffering, patient, never ruffled, always available, unconditional, and beaming white light. But there is another side. Many women find that motherhood challenges them with a scale of extremes %u2013 love and terror, joy and frustration, inspiration and exhaustion. They discover that to have a child means to live with their hearts outside of their bodies. It also means navigating what can feel like a great divide between caring for their children and caring for themselves as individuals. Mothers are often doing invisible work, work that rarely gets rewarded. Mothers struggle to find balance between attentive parenting and the pursuit of their individual dreams. We believe that a mother%u2019s achievements serve as a template of possibility for our children%u2019s lives. If there%u2019s one prime lesson a woman learns when she becomes a mother it%u2019s that she won%u2019t make it very far through these challenges without the support of other mothers. Milk and Ink: A Mosaic of Motherhood is an anthology comprised of writing mothers who have gathered their words to celebrate the duality and intensity of being both mother and writer; it aims to appeal to mothers of all stripes, whether they write or not. Milk and Ink will feature new and established writers including Caroline Leavitt, Tracey Slaughter, Ellen Meister, Justine Musk and more, with a wide scope of experience, ethnicity and points of view, and features poetry, fiction, and essays. While Milk & Ink is focusing on the experience of motherhood, we also hope that our stories speak to everyone: fathers, daughters, and sons. We all have mothers and this anthology is dedicated to those cycles of life that are universal. It is an anthology about our experiences of family, beginning with the mother. If there%u2019s one prime lesson a woman learns when she becomes a mother it%u2019s that she won%u2019t make it very far through these challenges without the support of other mothers. This anthology, not only in its stories, but in its creation and promotion, seeks to acknowledge the need we have for one another. Though this anthology is comprised of writing mothers who have gathered their words to celebrate the duality and intensity of being both mother and writer, it aims to inspire all to recognize the power of living true to your passions and life purpose. Proceeds of the project will be donated to Mama Hope, which supports women and children in Africa in a variety of projects. Milk and Ink/em> is the brainchild of Eros-Alegra Clarke, grand prize winner of the 76th Annual Writer%u2019s Digest Writing Competition.


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Milk & Ink: A Mosaic of Motherhood. Creating a Template of Possibility for Our Children Culturally, the image of the mother is often perched atop a pedestal of purity%u2014she is supposed to be long-suffering, patient, never ruffled, always available, unconditional, and beaming white light. But there is another side. Many women find that motherhood challenges them with a Milk & Ink: A Mosaic of Motherhood. Creating a Template of Possibility for Our Children Culturally, the image of the mother is often perched atop a pedestal of purity%u2014she is supposed to be long-suffering, patient, never ruffled, always available, unconditional, and beaming white light. But there is another side. Many women find that motherhood challenges them with a scale of extremes %u2013 love and terror, joy and frustration, inspiration and exhaustion. They discover that to have a child means to live with their hearts outside of their bodies. It also means navigating what can feel like a great divide between caring for their children and caring for themselves as individuals. Mothers are often doing invisible work, work that rarely gets rewarded. Mothers struggle to find balance between attentive parenting and the pursuit of their individual dreams. We believe that a mother%u2019s achievements serve as a template of possibility for our children%u2019s lives. If there%u2019s one prime lesson a woman learns when she becomes a mother it%u2019s that she won%u2019t make it very far through these challenges without the support of other mothers. Milk and Ink: A Mosaic of Motherhood is an anthology comprised of writing mothers who have gathered their words to celebrate the duality and intensity of being both mother and writer; it aims to appeal to mothers of all stripes, whether they write or not. Milk and Ink will feature new and established writers including Caroline Leavitt, Tracey Slaughter, Ellen Meister, Justine Musk and more, with a wide scope of experience, ethnicity and points of view, and features poetry, fiction, and essays. While Milk & Ink is focusing on the experience of motherhood, we also hope that our stories speak to everyone: fathers, daughters, and sons. We all have mothers and this anthology is dedicated to those cycles of life that are universal. It is an anthology about our experiences of family, beginning with the mother. If there%u2019s one prime lesson a woman learns when she becomes a mother it%u2019s that she won%u2019t make it very far through these challenges without the support of other mothers. This anthology, not only in its stories, but in its creation and promotion, seeks to acknowledge the need we have for one another. Though this anthology is comprised of writing mothers who have gathered their words to celebrate the duality and intensity of being both mother and writer, it aims to inspire all to recognize the power of living true to your passions and life purpose. Proceeds of the project will be donated to Mama Hope, which supports women and children in Africa in a variety of projects. Milk and Ink/em> is the brainchild of Eros-Alegra Clarke, grand prize winner of the 76th Annual Writer%u2019s Digest Writing Competition.

29 review for Milk & Ink: A Mosaic of Motherhood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Dietz

    Outstanding. I bought the book because I knew two of the writers, and I figured hey, I'll skim through the book and give my friends a solid read. But I ended up reading almost every piece, and loving many! My friends' pieces were great--Nina Perez's pieces were gushingly direct, but still approachable, and Marge Bloom's "Evan's Poem" was just a fantastically interesting piece about the challenges of raising a child with Asperger's Syndrome. I was also particularly taken in by Caroline Leavitt's te Outstanding. I bought the book because I knew two of the writers, and I figured hey, I'll skim through the book and give my friends a solid read. But I ended up reading almost every piece, and loving many! My friends' pieces were great--Nina Perez's pieces were gushingly direct, but still approachable, and Marge Bloom's "Evan's Poem" was just a fantastically interesting piece about the challenges of raising a child with Asperger's Syndrome. I was also particularly taken in by Caroline Leavitt's terrifyingly honest story about being bedridden after a newborn and dealing with nannies getting more time with the child than the mother...scary! Also, Ellen Meister's "Finding Cooper" was just as frightning for different reasons--an autistic child is lost, and I was freaking out the whole time while I was reading. Wow. Absolutely riveting stuff. Oh, and there's Tinesha Davis--don't skim this book without stopping at "Surviving Amaru". Absolutely fantastic. Most of the time, in a book like this, if I find one good piece I chalk it up to good luck and feel reasonably satisfied. In this collection, there are many many many pieces well worth reading, any day of the week.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Lawton

    Milk and Ink, edited by the talented, hard-working Eros-Alegra Clarke, Jordan E. Rosenfeld, Tomi L. Wiley, and Nina Perez, is full of heart and soul. An anthology about motherhood, really, and produced to benefit the Mama Hope family-assistance project in Africa, this book is beautifully imagined and fully realized. Thank you for this gift to the world, Alegra and team!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbi

    I really enjoyed the stories of motherhood here. I have read several of the authors in blog form over the past few years and am happy that they collaborated on a book that helps me out as I venture into motherhood myself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nina Perez

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Starling

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julia Tracey

  9. 4 out of 5

    Indie-Visible: Literary Justice For All

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Kelley

  11. 5 out of 5

    K Denise

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erika Mailman

  13. 4 out of 5

    Frances

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hysterika

  15. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Reid

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sidney

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Carthage

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cheyenne Phillips

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jimenez

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ramonica

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shelita

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julie Barnard

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz Fish

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ruth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  28. 4 out of 5

    peg

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

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