NYC | May 11, 2008

Please join us for a special Mother’s Day Salon celebrating Issue Six of The Mom Egg! Raw and real, lively and lustful, The Mom Egg is an annual collection of poetry, prose, and drawings by creative artists who are also mothers. Poets, lyricists, humorists, and essayists, from new moms to grandmothers, examine issues ranging from single-motherhood, dating younger men, separation anxiety, breasts, caring for older parents, the changing nuclear family and sex. Enjoy some intimate moments with Moms from all over North America. Diverse, multi-generational, and not just for Mother’s Day! The Mom Egg is the official literary publication of the Mamapalooza Festival.

The Mom Egg: 2008Joining us at the Salon will be the following Mom Egg contributors:

Born in Trinidad and raised in New York City, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is the mother of Grammy Nominee Phife Dawg, a member of the politically conscious group, A Tribe Called Quest. The author of three collections of poetry, Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows and Convincing The Body, she is currently enrolled in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Boyce-Taylor’s new poems appear in Voices Rising, Carry The Word, and To Be Left With The Body, due out in Spring 2008.

JEN/ed [a.k.a. Jennifer Edwards] is an ARTIST: writer, spoken word poet, dancer, visual artist and visionary. She has toured the US and Canada inspiring, enlightening and educating audiences. She is the founder of Relaxation on the GOTM and author of a book series by the same name. The first installment, Relaxation is Not a Luxury will hit the shelves in November of 2008. www.jened.com , www.relaxationonthego.net

Alana Ruben Free, co-editor of The Mom Egg, lives in NYC with her twelve-year old son. Her first solo-performance, Beginner at Life, is available on DVD, and has grown into a workshop that inspires women to express their beauty, wisdom and power. Fear and Desire, the sequel, will be ready for production in 2008. Alana’s poetry and prose appear in Bowery Women, Ducts.org, and Neshama.

Puma Perl is a writer, poet, lifelong Lower East Side resident, mother, activist, advocate, harm reductionist, former narcotics enthusiast. She believes in the transformative power of the creative arts.

Joy Rose is committed to a lasting legacy of empowerment and support for Mothers. She is lead singer of the rock band, “Housewives On Prozac” and is Founder and President of Mamapalooza Inc. and Mamapalooza Festivals. She lives in Hastings-On-Hudson with her three children and two dogs. Her oldest child is in college at Keene State, New Hampshire and she couldn’t be more proud or happy!

Marian Brown St. Onge retired recently from her position of founding Director of the Center for International Partnerships and Programs at Boston College-where she also taught and at one time directed the University’s Women’s Studies program. St. Onge, who holds a Ph.D. in French literature, has received fellowships and awards from organizations including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation and the Fulbright Association. In spring, 2006, she served as Michael Dukakis Visiting Professor in International Affairs at the American College of Thessaloniki, Greece. St. Onge has published one book, a traveler’s guide to Glasgow, Scotland, and articles on twentieth-century women writers, cultural issues and topics in international education.

Marjorie Tesser has co-edited The Mom Egg with Alana Free for the past three years. With Bob Holman, she co-edited the anthologies Bowery Women: Poems and Estamos AquĆ­, Poems by Migrant Farmworkers, translated by Janine Pommy Vega (both Bowery Books). She produced Bowery Women: Shoot the Poem!, a video poetry festival funded by the Center for Experimental Television, in NYC this year.

Ella Veres is a writer/performer/image maker hailing from Transylvania boasting of a Hungarian-Romanian-Gypsy heritage. Her latest dramatic collage, Three Eco-Friendly Self-Propelled Clowns, opened for a five-week run on October 19, 2007 off-off Broadway. At present she is the artistic director of her own shoe-string company, Ella Veres ArtVentures. For more information please visit her website: www.ellaveres.com

Lisa Williams is the author of The Artist as Outsider in the Novels of Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf (Greenwood Press, 2000). Her book of creative nonfiction, Letters to Virginia Woolf, was published by Hamilton Books (June 2005). Lisa has published poetry, essays, and reviews in such publications as The Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Tusculum Review, The Viriginia Woolf Miscellany, and For She is the Tree of Life: Grandmothers Through the Eyes of Women Writers. She teaches writing and literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
And special musical guest/hip cool mom Julia P. Farrell will be joining us as well!

Mike Farrell Missed is a collaborative effort from Charm City (Baltimore, MD) between Julia P Farrell and Mike Shumann, who have been performing together since the fall of 2004. Imagine a jazz blues voice and an indie rock acoustic guitar and songs pulled from…well, everywhere! Mike has played in bands from art punk to folk rock on both bass and lead guitar, while Julia’s vocal range and style has included chanteuse on stage in the indie theatre, acoustic pub diva, lead singer with her jazz trio, and now, with Mike Farrell Missed, her current folk soul sound. Julia and Mike would like to thank to their families and friends for their support in getting to NY.

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