The 12th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading

Too often, writing about motherhood is dismissed with the monikers “women’s issues” and “mom-oir.” But like all great writing, literature about motherhood, is, as Patricia Hampl says about memoir, “an attempt to find not only a self but a world.” Local author and teacher Kate Hopper launched the Motherhood

& Words reading series in 2007 to highlight some of the stunning work by women exploring motherhood in their writing. From the beautiful to the complicated to the downright difficult, these authors reveal truths not only about parenting, but about the human condition.

For the 12th Annual Motherhood & Words Reading, Kate is thrilled to welcome authors Sophfronia Scott, Erin O. White, and Kaethe Schwehn.


Kate Hopper is the founder of Motherhood & Words®, author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers, Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood, and co-author of Silent Running, a memoir of one family’s journey with autism and running. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Brevity, Los Angeles Review of Books, New York Times online, Poets & Writers, and River Teeth. She is an editor and writing coach and teaches in Ashland University’s Low-residency MFA program, at the Loft Literary Center, and ModernWell. For more about her work visit

Sophfronia Scott lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut where she continues to fight a losing battle against the weeds in her flowerbeds. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in fiction and creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love (William Morrow/HarperCollins). She's also recently published a spiritual memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, co-written with her son Tain, from Paraclete Press, and an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, from Ohio State University Press/Mad Creek Books. Sophfronia teaches creative writing at Regis University’s Mile High MFA and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her website is

Erin O. White’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, the Kenyon Review, Portland Magazine, and elsewhere. She is the author of Given Up for You: A Memoir (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) and lives in western Massachusetts with her family. Her website is

Kaethe Schwehn is the author of a post-apocalyptic novel, The Rending and the Nest, and Tailings: A Memoir, which won the 2015 Minnesota Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her chapbook of poems, Tanka & Me, was selected for the Mineral Point Chapbook Series. Kaethe has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, a Minnesota Arts Board grant, and a Loft Mentor Series award. She teaches at St. Olaf College and lives in Northfield, Minnesota. For more about her work, visit


Advance tickets:
$5 Loft members
$10 general admission

At the door:
Pay-what-you-can, as available

Purchasing advanced tickets guarantees a general admission seat and helps to cover the Loft's costs to host the event. As always, pay-what-you-wish tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).

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1011 Washington Ave S, Ste 200, 55415
28 April , Saturday 19:00

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