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.
MARI FARTHING and CAROLYN BECHTOLD were both cast members in the 2013 Oklahoma City Listen To Your Mother show. Both of them have been active in supporting the message and spreading the news of LTYM, and if you ask them what LTYM means to them, you better make sure you have time because they’ve got a lot to say. Both Mari and Carolyn happily stepped up to take the reins as co-director/producers of the Oklahoma City show.
Mari is an editor and writer who has blogged at Mari, Quite Contrary since 2007. Relocating to Oklahoma in 2001 after living in Germany and Washington DC, Mari is originally from Wisconsin and has enjoyed seeing the world as a member of the military and the wife of a military member. She’s not the only LTYM alumni in the family—her husband, Tony, spoke about military spouses in the 2015 OKC Listen To Your Mother show. She is the mother of a teen, a tween and a black lab and can be frequently found on Twitter (@marifarthing) and Instagram (@marimarge).
Carolyn was born and raised in Oklahoma, with a degree from OU and a Landman job in the oil and gas industry. She’s had two marriages and divorces but would much rather talk about her two grown children, her two grandchildren and her two dogs. She loves animal paintings, laughing until it hurts, her friends and a good steak dinner with her friends. Along with her appearance in the 2013 OKC show, Carolyn was also in the cast of the Little Rock LTYM show in 2014.
Joining Mari and Carolyn as a Production Assistant, Jennifer Dennis-Smith is a proud Oklahoma native and passionate trivia nerd who spent most of her childhood in Oklahoma City’s suburbs. Following a lost year in Los Angeles, she returned to Oklahoma and pursued a career in public relations and writing. In the time since, she’s become a cheerleader for the state, telling its story to local, regional and national media, as well as the random passerby.
Accredited in public relations, Jennifer Dennis-Smith has garnered several professional awards for her work at the local and national level. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she can make balloon animals, quote far too many lines from John Hughes films and name random Oklahoma facts on command.
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