May 10, 2012 at 8PM:Brooklyn Reading Workspresents the 6th Annual Edgy Moms, an annual reading of writing about motherhood and mothers by writers with sharp pens and razor fine wits, sponsored by Babeland.
FREE GIFT BAGS FROM BABELAND PLUS FREE WINE AND REFRESHMENTS!
This year’s line up includes Elizabeth Laura Nelson, Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Nicole Callihan, Karen Ritter, Jezra Kaye and special guests!
So what is an Edgy Mom?
She’s feisty and fun and a little bit zany. She whines to her friends and can be a bit of a martyr. She fantasizes about taking long trips without her children. She lets her kids have dessert before dinner and reheated pizza for breakfast. And she NEVER remembers to bring Cheeros or tissues to the playground. Except when she does and then she feels victorious.
Her kids have seen her fight, yell at her mother, and curse her sister on the phone. They’ve watched her cry. More than once. She’s been know to throw away her children’s old toys and art supplies when they’re not around. And then pretend she doesn’t know where they are when they ask.
And she knows not to miss Edgy Moms on May 10th because it’s gonna be a blast and the wine is free.
Jezra Kaye is the author of the novel, The Tattooed Heart, Rebel Heart, a Civil War romance novella and Kicking: Love Poems. She runs Speech for Success and has been a Fortune 500 speechwriter. Before that, she was a jazz singer and bandleader (she is a proud graduate of New England Conservatory of Music), and supported her jazz habit by working as a secretary, a house cleaner, an accounts receivable clerk at J.C. Penney’s, a singing waitress, and an overnight typist at the Brooklyn Supreme Court. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and is the mother of an adult daughter.
Elizabeth Laura Nelson writes for xoJane. She lives in Brooklyn with two daughters and no dog, in spite of the fact that she promised her girls they’d get one. She writes, bakes, runs half-marathons, and spends many hours underground, getting herself and her children all the places they need to be. She is doing the best she can at any given moment. She’s getting that dog just as soon as she can.
Karen Ritter has spent decades in the advertising trenches, crafting copy for Dunkin’ Donuts and Weight Watchers. Faced with the task of persuading some people to gain weight and others to lose it eventually created a psychic split. Seeking refuge in fiction, Karen has completed one novel, Living With Men, and embarked on a second, The Other Ingrid Bergman. A mother of one, Karen is still traumatized by the autobiographical novel her own mother self-published nearly 35 years ago.
Nicole Callihan writes poems, stories and essays. Her work has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Salt Hill, New York Quarterly, North American Review and cream city review and has been translated into German and Spanish. A finalist for the Iowa Review’s Award for Literary Nonfiction, she was named as Notable Reading for Best American Non-required Reading and awarded Best of the Net 2010 for fiction.
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is a surfer, a runner, a writer and married to a nice Jewish boy named Seth. They are raising three kids in a big old beach house in Rockaway Beach, New York around the corner from Mildred and Irvin, her darling in-laws. Sounds like a sitcom, doesn’t it? She also runs the Queens Arts Council and is a grantmaker by profession, a writer by confession.
EXPERIENCE Brooklyn Reading Works, the reading series that has been called “The best place to chase fiction with a bit of history” by Conde Nast Traveler. ”Once a month you can hear writers discuss themes ranging from “Make Mine a Double” – on women and drinking – to books by war veterans.”
BRW is a great night out for anyone who wants to be entertained and enlightened by acclaimed and emerging authors, and meet others who enjoy the same.
A $5 donation includes refreshments and wine.
Two Moons Art House & Cafe
315 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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