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.
Ezra 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.
Shout out to the original MUTHA…
Michelle Tea founded MUTHA Magazine, and then went on to other adventures—including having and raising her IRL baby, which you can read about, also here. We thank her for giving birth to MUTHA and remaining a supporter (and a huge inspiration). Her celebrated, ground-breaking books include Valencia, Against Memoir, Black Wave, and many others—she’s prolific and incredible and follow her here for tour updates and new releases.
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.
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