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.
MEGHAN MATT- Director, Producer– Meghan is a stay-at-home mom, home schooler, activist, organizer, speaker and storyteller. She is the founder of the Thin RedLine Project, a social justice photojournalism series dedicated to telling the stories of individuals, close-knit families, and creative souls that live and thrive within disenfranchised and marginalized communities. Meghan is also a contributor to Baton Rouge Moms and Mother Letters and is in her third year of directing Listen to Your Mother: Baton Rouge. You can follow the craziness that is her life at her website, meghanmatt.com and on Facebook and Instagram.
Whitney Andrus– Show Assistant. Whitney is a born and raised Louisianian. Her passions lie in playground sports, keeping a messy home (much to the dismay of the husband), drinking lots of caffeine, dancing in the kitchen, getting her booty in shape, and making people smile. She is a health coach with Sensible Portions Meals and the founder of the soon to be Healthy Pelican. She devotes her time to three things: her little family, her 2 weenie pups, and the urge to never stop creating. She is a step-mom and mom to two girls and believes in chasing paper rainbows and living the southern narrative, whatever that means.
Sonya Kimbrell came to Baton Rouge from Mississippi, in early 2005, for a job at The Advocate. She became an English teacher for the EBR school system in 2009 after being laid off from the newspaper. She is now a district test specialist. She has been writing since her 20s. She divides her time between a 1950s ranch house in Baton Rouge and a West Feliciana Parish farmhouse. She loves dogs, cats, chickens and coffee. She has one son. She loves finding treasures on the side of the road. Her work and life can be found on Facebook and on her blog, Heavenly Blue.
Toiryan Milligan was born in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Besides gracing the stage and writing poems for days and days to come, Toiryan also loved being outdoors, enjoying nature, is a hardcore gamer and loves watching WWE in his spare time. He also has a strong fascination for gummy worms and Arizona Tea.
April Blackburn is a stay-at-home mom, former social worker, and coffee addict. She spends many hours chasing her three year old daughter and helping her five year old son with kindergarten homework. After discovering her dislike of cooking, washing dishes, and matching millions of tiny socks, April abandoned her ideas of traditional motherhood and now pursues a life of hide-and-seek, star counting, and seeing who can throw the ball completely over the roof. Her house also now boasts an unmatched sock basket.
Angela Smith is a native of Baton Rouge, is married to Ron Smith and is the proud mother of six children, 5 by birth and 1 by marriage. She’s been blessed to use her God-given gifts in both song and theater, and currently hosts a web show, entitled “What’s the Bizness”. She works for the LA House of Representatives and is humbled to be selected to share her experiences of child rearing with this esteemed group.
Haley Jones was born and raised in Baton Rouge, but after a short stint in the great white north of Connecticut for college she decided she missed wearing shorts in January and came home. She met a boy, they got married and she headed to law school. After graduation they discovered they were expecting their first child and she did something she never in her life thought she would…she decided to stay at home for now. And thus, her epic quest of motherhood began…
Kim “Poet Noble” Calhoun is a freelance writer, photographer, and spoken word poet. She studied journalism at LSU and is seeking her master’s in English from Southeastern Louisiana University. She has evolved in the arenas of photography and writing since childhood. Her artistic goal is to capture the ordinary in an extraordinary and unforgettable way, for it is indeed our ordinary experiences that make us human. Visit her at www.poetnoble.com.
Introverted. Focused. On time. Graceful. Organized. Lover of mornings. Coffee hater. None of these things describe Maggie Clarke. A story-teller by nature, Maggie loves nothing more than making people laugh, especially her children, Madison & Justin, and her husband Stephen. As Director of The Loveabulls Project, she has combined her love of dogs with her passion for social justice. Maggie firmly believes that music is meant to be played loudly, Oreos are meant to be Double Stuffed, and laughter really is the best medicine.
Joy Holden is a native of Baton Rouge and lives here with her husband of 10 years, Ross. They love spending time with their two sons, Warrick, 6, and Xavier, 3. She graduated from Baylor in 2003. Joy taught high school for eleven years, but she is currently the Associate Editor of Baton Rouge Parents Magazine. In her spare time she loves sports, books, movies, Food Network, HGTV, dance competition shows, and occasionally beating her husband in fantasy football.
Livy Zachary is a teenaged homeschooler with a peculiar love for all wordy things. Reading, writing; the whole bit. Her hobbies include obsessing over a variety of books, bands, and youtubers,and both her patronus and spirit animal is a bookworm. She says she might be the quirkiest average girl you’ll ever meet and her favorite word is “noodle.”She is so excited to be sharing her writing with you and be part of the LTYM experience.
Tere Hyfield is a part-time Spanish teacher, a full-time wife & mother, and when she grows up she would love to be a writer.She is married to an awesome guy named James and they have 2 crazy-cool kiddos, Violetta and Lucciano. Tere is originally from Miami, Fl, and incredibly proud to be born to Cuban parents. She moved to Baton Rouge in 2001 with a two year plan, and 16 years later…here she has stayed. She blogs and like to share about her family, her kids, books, chips & salsa and her beautiful mother.
Blaire Bailey is a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. She has been writing poetry since she was 10 years old and performing for her family ever since. Her first time performing in public was 2015, then in 2016 she joined a youth poet group by Forward Arts called “Word Crew”. Since that time she’s been blossoming and flourishing into a more confident poet and person- with her poetry family by her side.
Holly Rabalais works as an IT security analyst and freelance writer, but her most treasured titles are wife, mama, and ayah. She and her husband Mike have six children and two grandchildren (some by birth; some through circumstance; all from God). They enjoy exploring unfamiliar backroads and dining at off-the-beaten-path cafés. A native of Gloster, Mississippi, Holly is interested in people, local communities, and the stories that emerge from both. She blogs at www.releaseandgather.com.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Meagan Cotton is a woman who loves people and Jesus. She resides in Denham Springs with her best friend and business partner, Michael. They are raising 3 delightful human beings, Gabe-9, Grace-7, Gloria-1. Her passion for people is demonstrated in her daily work as a local Realtor. She enjoys reading non-fiction books, watching documentaries with her husband, taking spontaneous road trips with her family, cooking, and picnics.by