As 2014 winds down we are busy beginning to prepare for the 6th annual 2015 Listen to your Mother: Madison show. Between holidays with our families, sick kids, new jobs, and mommy to do lists that seem to never end, Darcy, Ann and I are excited to steal away time together to plan for what will no doubt be another amazing show!

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Ann hard at work or playing candy crush

I’m new to the production team so I’m learning about all the details and exciting decisions that are made long before production even begins. I’m learning about so many new things like the importance of hands on education, specifically literacy and peer support as well as diversity and giving back. With out those things, so many wonderful women wouldn’t have the ability or courage to freely come together and share their stories. We are looking forward to all the new stories that will be shared at the 2015 show.

We’re equally as excited to be learning more about an organization in our community that is just as passionate about literacy, story telling, diversity and bringing together our community. It’s still early but there is one lesson that it’s always great to remember:


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#FreePressShirtDay: “Never Hand In Your First Draft”

So I better go write, revise and write some more but rest don’t worry, we’ll keep working hard together and plan a great show for Madison. We’ll announce our local  non-profit cause beneficiary soon. (TEASER: #FreePressShirtDay)  I’ll be sure to share all the good stuff along the way.

Until next time, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss a thing. Don’t forget to check out past videos, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you may even consider auditioning for a future show….Some day? You might even find yourself helping run one!



Darcy and I working hard perfecting our seflie skills

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Brava Magazine’s Madison Women’s Expo invited LTYM: Madison to return to its Dreambank stage at the Alliant Center, this Sunday November 23rd at 12:30 pm. With this entry coupon, you can experience some of LTYM: Madison’s favorite storytellers, enjoy a whole roster of other entertainment and speakers, with eating, drinking, and shopping in between acts.

Our mini LTYM: Madison alumni show will feature:

  • Araceli Esparza, Children’s book writer and poet, reading her poetry about the challenges of being a poor mom, and mothering her younger brother
  • Fabu, a Madison Poet Laureate and playwright, reading  mother poetry spanning three generations
  • Linda Hedenblad, Business Consultant and Improv Comedian, reading “Confessions of a Non-Mom Mom” about her unlikely and later-in-life path to motherhood
  • Abby Jakowski, wife and mother of three, reading “I See You,” relating to moms parenting kids with allergies and special needs
  • Elizabeth Katt-Reinders, policy director at an environmental nonprofit, reading “Grace and Connection” about a random encounter between two exhausted moms.
  • Deb Nies, social media consultant, reading her hilarious “Puberty aka When Things Get Hairy” regaling her daughter’s foray into adolescence.
  •  Sara Williams plans to write her way into old age instead of sitting in a rocking chair. She reads “Connection” about her relationship with her mother

I will emcee this 30 minute program, and then we can go grown-up lady trick-or-treating at all the fabulous exhibitor booths!


Have you heard? LTYM will be in 39 cities in 2015!! Check out our announcement video here:



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Welcome to Takeyla Benton, Madison’s Associate Producer!

November 11, 2014

Meet Takeyla Benton: Takeyla wowed us when she walked into our 2013 auditions with her fierce, funny, and poignant poetic voice. She went on to read in our show, and she’s served an ambassador and volunteer for LTYM: Madison ever since. Last year, Takeyla expressed her desire  to take on a larger role with LTYM, and I’m thrilled to announce her position as LTYM: Madison Associate Producer. Together with Co-Producer Darcy Dederich, Takeyla and I comprise the production team for the 6th annual LTYM: Madison, scheduled for Mother’s Day Sunday May 10th, 2015 at The Barrymore Theatre. I asked Takeyla a few questions to give us all a chance to know her a bit: What brought you to LTYM and why have you stayed connected? I was brought to LTYM in search of rediscovering my poetic voice. I was touched that women were freely sharing their private experiences and it was warmly welcomed […]

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The 2014 Show Videos Are Here, Thanks to by T. Rowe Price!

July 9, 2014

  LTYM’s season includes not only our live-shows in the two weeks leading up to Mother’s Day, but also our epic video release when we add hundreds of videos from our shows to our YouTube channel. Thanks to by T. Rowe Price, today LTYM adds 400 new videos from 2014!! Check out EVERYBODY FREAKS OUT– their funny children’s-style book for parents–only five bucks and 100% proceeds benefit Junior Achievement USA. Watch the 2014 videos on the Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel. WATCH THE MADISON VIDEOS HERE. Choose a playlist from another city by clicking on the city below: Atlanta • Austin • Baltimore • Boston • Boulder • Charleston • Chicago • DC • Denver • Indianapolis • Kansas City •Little Rock • Madison • Metro Detroit • Milwaukee • Nashville • North Jersey • Northern Utah • Northwest Indiana • NYC • Oklahoma City • Plumas County • Portland • […]

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LTYM Madison 2014 in Photos & Fundraising over $1000 for Safe Harbor

June 6, 2014

As we anxiously anticipate the release of our 2014 videos this summer, we take a moment to reflect on some of the amazing moments of our 5th Anniversary Madison show:   Thirteen stories told on stage…     plus countless more after the show…   All for a great cause. We raised over $1000 for Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center! Thank you to Melissa Austin for, once again, capturing our show in these exquisite photographs.    One last thank you to national sponsors Chevrolet and BlogHer for enabling LTYM to give Motherhood A Microphone for another season, and to our amazing local sponsors who make the Madison show possible: Pasqual’s Cantina, The Century House, Author Susan Gloss, Dragonfly Hot Yoga, Melissa Austin of 2nd Street Photography, Alvarado Real Estate Group, The Purple Goose, Half-pint Resale, Bunky’s Cafe, Lakeside Press, Happy Bambinoand Elements Massage   See you next Mother’s Day at The Barrymore. In the […]

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