Raleigh-Durham LTYM stage by Jess Rotenberg Photography

Raleigh-Durham LTYM stage by Jess Rotenberg Photography

In 2010 Listen To Your Mother put forth a mission:

The mission of each LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER production is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood–in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor–in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors. To date LTYM local director/producers have hosted over 150 live shows in 54 cities. LTYM hosts 2000 videos from those shows on our YouTube channel, which features a wide array of powerful voices capturing all facets of contemporary parenting as well as stories about our own upbringing.


LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER aims to support motherhood creatively through artistic expression, and also financially–through contributions to non-profit organizations supporting families in need. Each LTYM show donates a minimum of 10% of ticket proceeds to a local cause, as well as providing the cause awareness/fund-raising opportunities. To date Listen To Your Mother shows have raised over $100,000 for local nonprofit causes supporting women and families in need.

As we approach our 2017 season, Listen To Your Mother can say with triumph: Mission accomplished. We’ve hit our stride! And like each live LTYM show, we aim to culminate this project on a high note with a grand finale season!!

LTYM’s pride for the tremendous work of our local director/producers and storytellers overflows, and we rejoice in all the positive changes inspired by LTYM in people’s individual lives, relationships, and in collaboration with their communities.

Listen To Your Mother will not call for new cities in 2017. Rather, we task ourselves once again to reach out further and go deeper into our returning local cities; to find and include new voices with new stories to tell, as we give motherhood a microphone in celebration of Mother’s Day 2017.

Join us as we celebrate our most meaningful season yet–our grand finale–with our line-up of returning cities to be announced soon. Subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow our social accounts (search LTYMShow and #LTYM) for updates.

Most importantly, plan to celebrate Mother’s Day with us in 2017!


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Listen To Your Mother co-hosted our 7th annual blogging Open Mic at #BlogHer16!

LTYM Founder Ann Imig

LTYM Founder Ann Imig

Word-lovers filled the room and threw their name in for a random chance to read at the microphone. We heard more readers than ever before, and a large proportion of writers new to the blogging and/or BlogHer scene.

Allie Heemstra reads "You Must Have the Audacity to do That Which Ignites Your Soul"

Allie Heemstra reads “You Must Have the Audacity to do That Which Ignites Your Soul”

We also heard from blogging veterans excited for a chance to share their work before a warm and receptive live audience.

Roshni reads "Compassion for Immigrants"

Roshni reads “Compassion for Immigrants”


Huge appreciation to everyone who came; to all who threw their name in the hat, and especially to our generous listeners–the warm and welcoming audience. Special thanks to all of our courageous readers:

Julie Anderson of Feminine Collective

Amy Arndt of The Amy Situation

Joy Bennett

Marla Carlton of Feminine Collective

Lauren Carlisle of The Olive Shoe

Dottie Camak

Suebob Davis of Suebob’s Red Stapler

Aida Davis

Michelle Dowell-Vest

Allie Heemstra of Allie Illuminated

Elise Cohen Ho of Ask Dr. Ho

Gail Hoffer-Loibl of Maybe I’ll Shower Today

Lauren James of The Olive Shoe

Jenny Kanevsky

Allison Kenny of Raising a Go Girl

Annie Reneau of Motherhood and More

Bridgette Ramirez of Golden Gate Bridgette

Roshni of Indian American Mom


Amy Stine of Tales From the Circus

Leigh Ann Torres of Genie in a Blog

Zakary Watson of Raising Colorado


A final and gigantic thank you to Listen To Your Mother’s North American media sponsor, SheKnows #BlogHer16

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Listen with us at #BlogHer16! Throw your name in a hat to read at our 6th annual #OpenMic

July 19, 2016

National Media Sponsor SheKnows Media #BlogHer16, and Listen To Your Mother are thrilled to announce our 6th blogging Open Mic!! What is the Open Mic? The Open Mic is just one part of the incredible #BlogHer16 agenda, providing attendees a chance to relax and celebrate  a rich day of learning and networking. After celebrating the Voices of The Year #VOTY (bloggers selected from thousands of submissions to read their own writing at a microphone before the entire conference), you can throw your name in a hat for a chance to be randomly selected to read one of your very blog own posts before the most supportive audience that exists–your fellow internet writers. All you need to do is bring a 5 minute piece (or shorter) to read, fill out a card, and throw it in the hat. We select readers randomly and aim to hear as many as possible. We request you respect […]

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Listen To Your Mother on YouTube: 500 NEW stories from our 2016 live shows!

July 14, 2016

ELEESE BOHANNON-SCOTT reads at our 2016 DC show, by Julie Lowery Photography   This year, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER gave motherhood a microphone in 41 cities — over 500 stories told, with thousands of live-listeners in audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Now we invite YOU to experience our extraordinary season featuring powerful voices that capture all facets of contemporary parenting (as well as stories about our own upbringing) including very timely personal narratives given the recent events in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Shaker Heights, and Dallas. On the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel we feature a variety of playlists by topic, and for 2016 we’ve added two new playlists–one with stories about race, and another with stories from LGBTQ families. You can listen to each and every story from the 2016 season. To watch the stories as they appeared live on stage, click on a city playlist below: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Boston, Boulder, Burbank, Charleston, Chicago, […]

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41 Successful #LTYM Shows and $34,000 Raised for local causes! See you at #BlogHer16!!

June 8, 2016

We were honored to give to local causes in all of our 41 cities for 2016. We raised over $34,000, bringing the project total over $114,000 to date in charitable giving to women and families in need! A HUMONGOUS GIGANTIC thank you to BlogHer & SheKnows Experts Among Us and Luvs–our North American sponsors. Click through an individual city below to take note of the spectacular support we received on a local level as well, through hyper-local sponsorship. FORTY-ONE SHOWS. 41 LTYM teams created 41 casts who shared their stories on 41 stages across North America! Albuquerque Atlanta Austin Baltimore   Continue reading for the gorgeous photos of LTYM 2016! And if you haven’t already, buy your #BlogHer16 conference pass now with this LTYM discount code!! We’ll see you at our co-hosted Open Mic event at BlogHer in August 4-6th in Los Angeles. More info on that coming soon!

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