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 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 oder. She’s proud to be a former cast member and now co-producer of the Listen to Your Mother show in Austin with Leigh Ann. You can reach her via Twitter (@AustinKVS), or via her blog, Two Cannoli. Kristin is the Director of Social Media and staff writer for Airport Improvement magazine, and her work has also been featured at Huffington Post; Scary Mommy; In The Powder Room; Brain, Child magazine; and the Washington Post’s On Parenting blog.
Leigh Ann Torres is a freelance writer, blogger and mother of three living in Austin, TX. After realizing baby books really weren’t her thing, she started writing about her life with preemie twins and massive sleep deprivation and hasn’t stopped since. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, and she has appeared onstage in Testify and the 2012 and 2015 productions of Listen to Your Mother Austin. When she’s not spending endless amounts of energy of crafting the perfect Facebook status update, she serves as the Online Community Coordinator for Hand to Hold, a nonprofit that supports NICU families (and former Listen to Your Mother charitable cause!). You can also find her on her personal site, Genie in a Blog, where she documents the good, the bad, and the ridiculous of life with twins plus one.
Jamie Evans considers herself a stereotypical Sagittarius in that she likes to learn about and do a lot of different things in various locales, including sell birdseed in Florida, be a corporate trainer in Louisiana, run a vet hospital in Texas, and cater sushi in Austin. A native to Central Texas she is currently a sales admin in Round Rock, which gives her time to volunteer with Rodeo Austin, serve on the board of directors of Lone Star Cattleman Foundation, and finally finish a closet full of craft projects, unless of course she gets distracted by some new passion. Happily married to her high school sweetheart, she aspires to win the lottery in order to run a dog rescue & boarding ranch but until then will settle for spoiling two Boston Terriers and one French Bulldog. She is looking forward to the day she can carry on the great traditions of old Southern women like Ouiser Boudreaux and wear funny clothes, ugly hats, and dig in the dirt.
Rose Horng came from Taiwan and moved to Austin last August. She is a mother of two and a medical doctor. She is happy to have the opportunity to show her appreciation to her stepmother in public. She hopes her story will change the stereotype of stepmothers.
Susanne Kerns is a Writer and Marketing Consultant living in Austin, TX. Her stories have been featured in the books, “It’s Really 10 Months – Special Delivery,” and “Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!” as well as a variety of websites, including her blog, The Dusty Parachute.
You can find her on Facebook approximately 20 hours a day and Twitter whenever she’s trying to figure out which city her husband is working in this week. You can also find her at Instagram, where she posts her tasteful nudes* (*Mostly photos of cats and margaritas….both nude.)
Henry S. Kivett is a writer who works in publishing and marketing. A recent import to ATX from North Carolina, he’s learning to appreciate shorter trees, bigger skies, and the snot-free lulls between bouts of something called “cedar fever.” He’s a proud co-founder of the literary journal Pinball, former art editor at Raleigh Review, and is currently finishing (and finishing and finishing…) a novel about art, religion, and compulsion. His fiction and humor can be found in various places around the Internet, including Bull: Men’s Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He has three adorable children and an arguably even more adorable wife whom you can simply refer to as “The Muse.”
Jeff Knight is a North Carolina native who came to Austin by way of California. A three-time participant in the National Poetry Slam, Jeff’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including Rattle, Prairie Schooner, and Borderlands:Texas Poetry Review. An honor’s graduate of the “Dad joke” school of humor, a skilled limerist, and a mediocre juggler, he is the father of five kids: Dylan (23), Madison and Griffin (twins, 21), Cassidy (19), and Harrison (9). He is profoundly smitten with his wife, Tonie Knight, who was a 2015 LTYM participant.
Jenni Lafferty is a native Texan and met her husband at UT-Austin long, long ago. She is a homeschooling mom of four, including twins, and her family is turning their backyard into an urban farm with a large garden, a flock of laying hens, and a newly arrived colony of honey bees. Jenni writes about her adventures in the garden at The Dig In, named one of The Austin Chronicles Top 10 Food Blogs of 2014.
Nancy Malcolm is a retired educator, wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She is a volunteer for Hospice Austin, enjoys traveling, visiting with her precious grandchildren and being outdoors. She is a writer, photographer and poet. And admits to having the best girl friends in the world. You can visit her blogs: sittinuglysistahs.wordpress.com and soulspeak2016.wordpress.com to read more about her humorous and sometimes heartbreaking take on life.
Born into an Air Force family, moving often as a child and then traveling for fun as an adult. Born in Texas but settled in Austin when it was time to go to college. A single Mom to a wonderful son, Ty.
I have been a writer my whole life but just now stepping out of the closet.