“Mama Said” at Green Apple Books


Five mamas gathered to share hopes, dreams, doubts, laughter, and tears as we read our essays celebrating motherhood and the debut of the book “Mama Said” at Green Apple Books in San Francisco. Guests gathered in the stacks; wine was poured and stories told.

Eight months pregnant, here I am reading my piece “Eight Months, Ten Days, Needles in My Belly: My Pregnant, Diabetic Vipassana.”

And the entire evening (in order of appearance) with essays read by:

Jacquelyn Krieger

Mara Noelle Fojas

Lucy Miller Robinson

Tiffiney Rodriguez Lozano

Michelle Beaman

Below, fellow essayist and co-founder of the Maker Mamas artist collective Lucy Miller Robinson gives my eight month belly a hug. She and I collaborated to make the “Womannequin” sculpture shown in the Maternal Matters art show at The Shop in San Mateo in May of 2015. The needles on the sculpture are ones I actually used when injecting myself with insulin when diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The “Measuring Up” photograph in the orange frame was taken of me by Travis Yohnke in 2008, and the poetry written on laundry is Lucy’s work.

LucyandI Womanniquin-with-poems-in-back


“Mama Said” is available for purchase here.