It’s hard to believe that another Listen to Your Mother show is right around the corner!
If you have yet to attend, Listen to Your Mother features live readings by local writers on motherhood. Each production takes the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor. In addition to supporting motherhood creatively through artistic expression, attendees help support families in need financially, as a portion of the ticket sales benefit local nonprofits. You’ll be cackling with laughter during some pieces and brought to tears in others, so be prepared!
Saturday, April 25, 2015
3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Ave
Austin, TX 78705
Purchase tickets here.
Kristin Shaw is a freelance writer, wife of an Austin native, and mother of a mini-Texan. Her favorite things are family, 80s hair bands, classic cars, sports, Italy, and dessert; not necessarily in that order. She’s proud to be a former cast member and now co-producer of the Listen to Your Mother show in Austin with Leigh Ann. You can reach her via Twitter (@AustinKVS), her blog, Two Cannoli, or on The Huffington Post, where she is a featured blogger. Kristin is the Director of Social Media and staff writer for Airport Improvement magazine, and her work has also been featured at Scary Mommy; Brain, Child magazine; and the Washington Post On Parenting blog.
Leigh Ann Torres is a freelance writer, blogger and mother of three living in Austin, TX. After realizing baby books really weren’t her thing, she started writing about her life with preemie twins and massive sleep deprivation and hasn’t stopped since. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post and in Multiplicity Magazine, and she has appeared onstage in Testify ATX and the 2012 production of Listen to Your Mother Austin. When she’s not spending endless amounts of energy of crafting the perfect Facebook status update, you can find her on her personal site, Genie in a Blog, where she documents the good, the bad, and the ridiculous of life with twins plus one.
Get to know this year’s cast by reading more about them below:
Lane Buckman is a writer and artist, and the co-owner of Robyn Lane Books. She is living out her happily ever after in a house filled with sweat socks, Legos, and more loads of laundry than three people should be able to make. When she isn’t writing, publishing, promoting, or prepping art, she uses her degrees in English Literature and Religion in her day job as a banker.
Lisa Caldwell was born and raised in Pittsburgh, but don’t hold that against her. Her first year of college, she met a cute parking lot attendant who whisked her away to the wild west, first to Albuquerque, then to Reno where she cultivated her graphic design career specializing in gaming – the gambling kind, not the kind your kids play, so don’t ask her about Minecraft. Motherhood followed in 2010. Lisa turned to writing shortly thereafter as a way to vent her feelings about parenting and address her many questions such as: “Are they supposed to do that?” “What is wrong with me?” and “When are her real parents coming to get her?”
The Caldwell family relocated to Austin in 2012 where Lisa sought to grow her blog and take over the world. That didn’t happen within the two-week allotted time, so she took a job as an account manager for a branding studio. She is a regular contributor to LiveMom, former contributor to Austin Moms Blog and sole curator of Hip-BabyMama.com. She lives in central Austin with that same cute parking lot attendant, and her even cuter five-year-old daughter.
Lee Bell Hovland is from Little Rock, Arkansas, but moved to Austin in 1996 for graduate school and decided to stay for the breakfast tacos. She has a Master of Library and Information Science degree from UT, but has managed to work for more than 16 years without actually using that degree except for one time back in the early 2000s. She has a day job at the Texas Association for Counties, but by night she wrangles puppies and small boys, the dogs for the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin/San Antonio (of which she is a founding board member), and the boys, Hopper (6) and Rowan (4), because they call her Mom. She also enjoys drinking wine with her husband, Sam, sommelier and wine buyer for East End Wines, and helping him figure out which ones pair well with cheese puffs (for the record, go with a Lambrusco).
Tonie Knight is a Cuban-American-Texan, which means she is loud, makes an excellent Cuban coffee, and wears lots of red lipstick. She’s the boisterous and demanding mother of Dylan (22), Madison and Griffin (twins, 20), Cassidy (18), and Harrison (8). Her alter ego is an organized and exacting, middle-aged, middle manager. She’s a former longtime competitor and participant in the Austin Poetry Slam, and educational media voice talent. She is wildly in love with her husband, Jeff, whom she met in 1988 and knew for twelve years before they ever kissed. They made up for lost time.
Elizabeth Jayne Liu started her blog, Flourish in Progress, to chronicle a yearlong shopping ban. Surprisingly, she survived, and now writes candidly about her former addictions, love of four-letter words, and her affinity for all things rap. Flourish in Progress was named a Blog of Note by Google Blogger, and Elizabeth has been featured on Glamour, Huffington Post, Adweek, CBS, and as the Daily Six for Six-Word Memoirs.
Brooke Meabon is a small business owner, a writer, runner, food-lover, and a chronic volunteer that’s fiercely in love with her city, San Antonio. She is a wife to a cowboy-boot-wearing-Pennsylvanian and mom to a four year old daughter that would wear glitter to bed if allowed and a three year old son that believes with all of his heart that he is a superhero. After a decade long career of wearing pantyhose everyday in the luxury hotel industry, Brooke discovered a love for writing and freed herself from the nylon bind, making a profession out of her passion. She is the co-founder of Alamo City Moms Blog, San Antonio’s leading parenting website, and marketing consultant for local businesses and organizations. Brooke can usually be found spinning too many plates at one time which makes for great writing material.
A’Driane Nieves is a USAF veteran, writer, artist, and speaker with a heart for serving others and social good. She’s also a mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder, and a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety. She writes about the intersections of life, art, motherhood, mental health, and race on her personal blog. She’s been a contributing editor to Postpartum Progress, the most widely read blog on maternal mental health, and was selected as a BlogHer 2014 Voice of The Year. Her superpowers include knowing every Prince song not sitting in his vault, making the best faces while dancing, and rocking a hot pink afro. She’s mom to three boys and wife to her robotics loving husband.
Leah Fisher Nyfeler grew up with her nose in a book, developing a love for word craft of all sorts. As an adult, she’s worked as an educator, freelance writer, and editor, and recently discovered the joy of marrying writing with her interest in health and wellness through her blog, Enjoying the Journey: Adventures, Thoughts, and Observations, on Leading the Fit Life. An avid runner, former triathlete, and now boxer, she began her blog as a training diary to connect with other athletes; after serving as editor in chief of a local fitness magazine, it became a way to continue her mission of bringing the pleasures (and challenges) of living a healthy lifestyle to the greater public. A chance encounter at an elementary school writing workshop led to her LTYM submission, which reinforces Nyfeler’s profound belief that life’s journey involves taking on those things that spark a certain level of “what have I just done?” in order to be fully lived. Mother of three grown and amazing children, wife to supportive and long-suffering husband James, Nyfeler lives and freelances in Austin, where she can be found working out with friends, eating good food, and still reading anything she can get her hands on.
Shelley Schooley Oswald is a freelance writer, blogger, coffee-addict, native Texan and mom. When she’s not at her day job or performing her duties as taxi driver and swim-mom/cheerleader for her two teen boys, she fills her evenings with kitchen experiments, Netflix binging, dipping her toes back into the dating pool, and untangling her latest crochet project. You can usually find her on Facebook or over at her personal blog, Slightly off Kilter, where she over-shares about relationships, raising gentlemen, and trying to find herself in the process.
Lisa Owen is a writer and blogger at My So Called Glamorous Life: The Adventures of a Domestic Engineer (www.mysocalledglamlife.com). Her work has been featured on Blogher.com, Project Underblog, Centering Down (http://denadouglashobbs.com/) and in the supplemental materials for The Princess Problem (available at Rebecca Hains.com). An Illinois transplant to Houston, Texas, she is a mother/step-mother in a blended family with five children ages 7 to 24. Lisa has a B.S. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University and spent 15 years working as a corporate/transactional paralegal for law firms and corporations before becoming a SAHM and pursuing her passion for writing.
Jill Robbins is a wannabe wine snob and sometime runner from San Antonio, Texas. She has a degree in social psychology which has so far not helped at all with understanding the behavior of her husband and three children. She writes about adoption, motherhood and midlife on her blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals. She is a Huffington Post blogger and is a regular contributor to popular websites such as Mamalode and Blunt Moms. She’s also been published on Washington Post and someday hopes to write the books that are living in her head.
Crystal Valentine was raised in Austin, Texas. She grew up a pastor’s daughter and spent her teenage years fully living up to this title.
Crystal tried to be cool once but found it exhausting. She now embraces the words of Charlotte Bronte: she would always rather be happy than dignified. She no longer conceals her love for Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music and she’s given up on hiding her tears while watching American Idol. (Also, Crystal’s children do not love it when she dances in public.)
Crystal lives in the tiny, homogenous suburb of Hutto with her two sons, one daughter, one husband and a dog. They head into Austin every chance they get to be closer to graffiti and Thai food. Crystal takes on occasional freelance writing projects and has published volumes of precious words on Facebook. She has several personal manuscripts that she hopes to find a home for.
Giveaway: Would you like to win two tickets to the Listen to Your Mother show of your choice? Leave a comment or fill out the form below. Approximate retail value is $30. All entries must be received between 9am CST on Friday, April 3, 2015 and midnight CST on Thursday, April 9, 2015.
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