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.
Producer SUSAN DOMAGALSKI FLEMING is a Portland writer, screenwriter, and blogger (anxietyasahobby.com) and the mother of two beautiful, kind and curious children. She has worked in marketing communications for several nonprofits and has been published in The Oregonian, Fireweed, and Pearl. She and five other women co-authored the play Just Like You, produced by Well Arts Institute and performed at the Firehouse Theatre, and her screenplay “Six Months of Wonder Woman” won the 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition for short features. Over the years she has come to joyfully and blessedly understand that the world is crazy and that she should make choices accordingly.
As seen adjusting her undergarments in public, Listen To Your Mother:Portland Director, Writer, Humorist, Nut-job, CARISA MILLER, lives in SW Portland with her exceptionally patient husband, two fireball daughters, an ill-tempered cat, a dog she’s allergic to, and horrendous PMS. Her published essays, one-liners, blog, and social media gobbledygook can be found at CarisaMiller.com.
The 2016 Portland Cast
SueCampbell is a freelance writer and kid lit novelist. She has written for Good Housekeeping, Prevention, Mamalode, Stealing Time and Scary Mommy. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters. She blogs at Mommy’s Pen and hangs out on Twitter as @SueCampbell_.
Raised in NW Montana, Kylene Moss Grell now makes her home in Portland, Oregon. She met her husband in 9th grade when he fixed her computer and he has been doing so ever since. Foregoing any hope of free time for the better part of two decades, she homeschools their three children and also mentors speech and debate classes at the local commonwealth school. A seamstress and avid knitter, her loves include classic films, mid-century design, and buffalo. Kylene is the creator of FamilyHacks.org, a social media campaign dedicated to building strong families. Her idea of a perfect afternoon is falling asleep on the porch bench, in the sun while reading a Mary Stewart novel.
Kate Carroll de Gutes is a wry observer and writer who started her career as a journalist and then got excited by new journalism which became creative nonfiction and is now called essay (personal, lyric, and otherwise). Her book, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and her work has been anthologized in many places. Kate writes on a wide range of topics, but her obsession seems to focus on sexuality and gender presentation. You can learn more about Kate and read her critically acclaimed blog, “The Authenticity Experiment,” at
Amy McMullen lives, writes and photographs in a crumbly old farmhouse on the magical land of Sauvie Island. She often wears aprons but does not bake pies. Her two sons are tween and teen and she’s still (questionably) sane. They are, in fact, her heart’s delight. Amy loves: a good story, pumpkin panang, dark chocolate and adventures, small and wide. Her work can be found at AmyMcMullen.com and she will eventually stop hoarding her blog.
Sandy Parks is a certified professional life coach, organizer (www.theorganizingcoach.biz) and part-time teacher. When not working or chauffeuring her two teenagers around town, you may find her nose in a good book or a pen in hand, attempting to scribe her own pager-turner. She lives outside of Portland with her steadfast husband, two social butterflies and their ever loyal dogs, Cooper and Fern.
Rita Ott Ramstad has been mothering in one form or another for 21 years. When she’s not driving, waiting to pick someone up, grocery shopping, or filling out financial aid forms, she is a school district media coordinator and instructional coach. She’s a past recipient of the Stafford Hall Oregon Book Award for poetry, for her book The Play of Dark and Light (Bellowing Ark Press), and you can read about her current attempts to craft a creative life on her blog, Rita’s Notebook. You can also find her on Facebook, where she brags about her children and shares her biases about writing, libraries, teaching, and books. (Long live the Oxford comma!) Rumor has it you can also find her on Twitter (@ritaramstad) and Instagram, but appearances there are rare and fleeting.
After being let go from her corporate law firm job in 2009, three years post law school graduation and two weeks after returning from her honeymoon, Becky Rude fled Portland for the remote recesses of Battle Ground, Washington. There, Becky has transformed from a single professional living alone with a cat to a suburban wife of one mighty fine man, stepmom to five distinct and delightful children, and grandma of a beautiful baby girl. The animals have multiplied into two cats and a dog and she has, for the most part, resumed work as an attorney while experiencing sporadic creative outbursts in the form of writing, sewing, and Netflix binges.
Mandy Tuthill sold everything she owned in 2014, packed up her Beetle and experienced a cross-country pre-midlife crisis moving from Milwaukee to Milwaukie. Her dual introvert/extrovert nature is represented well by her dual careers as librarian and comedian. She’s written several sketches for various musical productions at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin; these are her only professional writing credits. Please tell Mandy your favorite brunch spot in town when you meet her!
Leslie Williams is a therapist by day, making her living by listening well and holding other people’s stories close to her heart. She has been known to remark, “If everybody listened better, I’d be out of a job, but we’d also live in a way better world.” Leslie’s own stories can be found in a box of old journals hidden upstairs in her closet, an inconsistent series of apocalyptic and confessional holiday letters, and her life-long love of correspondence. This is the first public airing of her dirty laundry, and she is thrilled to be part of Listen To Your Mother.by