Welcome to #LTYM Austin!

Meet the cast!

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ANN IMIG is the founder of the live-reading series and video sharing company LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and editor of the acclaimed anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam Books, 2015). A Stay-At-Home Humorist, Ann’s writing has been featured on sites like CollegeHumor, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. National TV appearances include ABCnews.com, NBC Nightly News and the webseries Battleground and The Louise Log. Ann’s blog (annsrants.com) has been named a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog, A BlogHer Voice of the Year, and a SheKnows Top 5 Funniest Mom Blog. Ann lives with her husband and children in Madison, Wisconsin.

 


Kristin ShawKristin Shaw
 is a freelance writer, wife of an Austin native, and mother of a mini-Texan. Her favorite things are family, 80s hair bands, classic cars, sports, Italy, and dessert; not necessarily in that order. She’s proud to be a former cast member and now co-producer of the Listen to Your Mother show in Austin with Susanne.  You can reach her via Twitter (@KristinVShaw), or via her website. Kristin is the Director of Social Media and staff writer for Airport Improvement magazine and Owner of Firewheel Communications. Her work has also been featured at The Huffington Post; Scary Mommy; Cosmopolitan; Good Housekeeping; Woman’s Day; Brain, Child magazine; and The Washington Post.

 

susanne headshotSusanne Kerns is a Writer and Marketing Consultant living in Austin, TX. Her stories have been featured in several parenting anthologies, including the soon-to-be released (June 11,) “But Did You Die?” She also writes for a variety of online publications, including her blog, The Dusty Parachute. She is thrilled to be Co-Producing Listen to Your Mother this year with Kristin. You can find her on Facebook approximately 20 hours a day and Twitter whenever she accidentally hits the wrong button on her phone. You can also find her at Instagram, where she posts her tasteful nudes* (*Mostly photos of cats and margaritas….all nude.)

 

wendiWendi Aarons is a humor writer who can be usually be found in US Weekly, McSweeneys, wendiaarons.com and near the 70% off rack at Target. She was the first co-director/producer of LTYM Austin and is thrilled to be a part of the final season.  Wendi is also included in the Listen to Your Mother book, a collection of personal stories celebrating motherhood.

 

 

 

 

sherry carr smithSherry is an almost-native Texan (she moved to South Texas when she was 6-weeks old, but her husband says it doesn’t count) who is married to a 5th generation Texan and has 6th generation Texas kids. All of those Texans (and almost Texans) now live in Dallas. She has worked in non-profit public relations for 20 years which seems impossible since it feels like she just graduated college. Sherry writes in journals, in scrapbooks, and on her blog: Paper, Scissors, Keyboard. She was raised by a village of family including her mother, grandmother, and assorted aunts and uncles; and she firmly believes she wouldn’t be the person she is today had she had a more usual upbringing. Sherry is a remarried widow whose favorite things are laughing with her husband, snuggling with her three kids, telling and listening to good stories, and watching movies.

 

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Jessica Choi has always listened to her mother, except for not posing for pictures with a weird face. When she’s not ruining family photos, Jessica works as a freelance editor. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and writes when no one is looking, usually late at night when she knows she’ll pay for it the next morning with bags the size of potatoes under her eyes. She’s a former high school English teacher, a former Managing Editor, a full-time stay-at-home mom to two, an adoption advocate, and an extremely mediocre cook. She’s also married to a good man who, whether he admits it or not, enjoys her antics.

 

kristinfinan Kristin Finan is an Austin native and a writer and author whose work has appeared in publications including Scary Mommy, the Houston Chronicle and the Austin American-Statesman, where she is the travel editor. The mom of two little girls, 8 and 5, and a 4-year-old foster son, Kristin’s favorite pastimes include participating in wild Taylor Swift dance parties, baking mediocre cookies and looking bored at bounce houses all around Austin. Kristin is also the co-founder of the 501c3 nonprofit Carrying Hope, which provides Hope Packs filled with comfort items and essentials to children who are entering the foster care system in Central Texas. Follow her on Instagram, where she promises photos of said dance parties, cookies and bounce houses. 

 

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Laura M Hume used to be a dutiful daughter, a steadfast spouse, a proficient parent, a supportive sister, a faithful friend, and a dedicated director of training. Then, one day, she had an epiphany. All of that niceness and responsibility had made her as dull as dirt. She looked around and saw her creativity heaped in a corner and covered with dust. When she poked it, she was relieved to discover that it was only mostly-dead. She quit her corporate job, started a blog (www.live-disastrously.com), outlined a speculative fiction novel, and began singing Karaoke at a moment’s notice without the benefit of adult beverages. Her goal is to channel less well-mannered-golden-retriever and more tap-dancing-yodeling-unicorn.

 

Screen Shot 2017-04-07 at 5.16.46 PMKelli Kelley is the Founder and Executive Director of Hand to Hold which she pretty much runs out of her minivan while driving her two teenage kids to extracurricular activities and doctor’s appointments. She loves to cook but rarely has time to make anything fancy. She prefers cold beer in a bottle to champagne and Netflix to concerts. She often wonders why she lives in Austin, but could not bear to leave. She adores dogs of every shape and size and has never met a baby she did not want to hold. She thinks life’s greatest gifts are family, friends and queso!

 

 

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Kathy McClelland is a writer with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a passion for reading memoirs and young adult fiction. She is momma to two precious boys and wife to one especially tall PA. Her second son was born with a rare (1 in 50,000 births) chromosomal disorder. She blogs at kathymcclelland.com about finding beauty and hope in the midst of broken dreams and is the author of Broken Dreams: A Hopeful Handbook for the Early Years as a Special Needs Parent. She is also a regular contributor to PreemieBabies101.com and has published on TheMighty.com, EllenStumbo.com, and Sparkhouse.org. During her free time she likes to cycle away stress, wander Target aimlessly, and camp out at coffee shops. Slowly she is learning that God makes all things beautiful in His time, even when life doesn’t turn out picture perfect as she hoped.

 

 

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Lindsay Pease, a native Texan, escaped the mosquitoes and heat of the Lone Star State when she moved to Seattle for a decade. Majestic mountains, water and cool air were no match for the sunshine and friendliness of Austin, where she now lives with her husband and three children. She works as a freelance communications consultant, and spends her free time hiking and exploring the country in a tiny RV with her family.

 

 

 

 

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Laurie Pharr is a daughter, sister, friend, proud wife, and an amazing aunt to four nephews. She’s been a guest speaker and raising awareness on dating violence among teenagers since 1998. She spends her days thinking about food and planning her next meal; she loves flipping through Cooking Light but doesn’t enjoy cooking because reading directions stresses her out. She’s thrilled to be part of Listen To Your Mother because she finally has the platform she always wanted to tell people how amazing her mom is. She’s married to an incredible man who makes her laugh and inspires her every day to be a better person.

 

 

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Amy Stine is a native Texan that has been living in Austin since 2000. She has the sense of humor of a 12 year old but that is a necessity for her job as a stay-at-home mom. She likes to refer to her three kids (and husband, dog and cat) as her “circus.” Her 8th grade teacher once told her that she should be a story teller or a writer so now that she’s 40 years old, she’s finally giving it a whirl. She writes her own tales at her blog, Tales From The Circus, but is also a recent addition to the Austin Moms Blog team. When she’s not fetching snacks or cleaning up spills, she’s chasing the family dog to retrieve stolen socks out of his mouth.

 

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Jenna Valentine is a California transplant who is fiercely committed to squeezing fun and enjoyment out of every moment.  She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is excited about disrupting the current status quo of medicine.  Jenna is the mother to one of the coolest “almost eight” year olds in the world.  In her free moments you can find her in the boxing gym, in the regular gym, at a comedy show, or at a coffee shop reading/talking/thinking about how to make the world a better place.  Jenna is new to the writing world and is looking forward to seeing how her ‘writer self’ unfolds.

 

mahaniMahani Zubedy wrote on Malaysian mammals like the white handed gibbon, the other monogamous ape. She is thrilled to turn 60. Knowing there’s 20-30 more years is a grand kick in the tush (in addition and for good measure, she gives herself one  from time to time). She started StorySistas where women 50+ connect and conspire through stories. Fun.
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