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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.

Jennifer ScharfJENNIFER SCHARF Co-Producer/Director LTYM Seattle

Jennifer Scharf has her MA from Emerson College in Media and Visual Arts. She is a writer and producer with humor essays published in McSweeney’s, Scary Mommy, Mamalode, BLUNTmoms and more. Her work as a filmmaker has won her best screenplay and comedy festival awards – you can find her filmography on IMDb.  Jennifer resides in Seattle, WA with her husband, daughter and slightly neurotic rescue pup. Follow her on Twitter @momcoms and take a listen to her newly launched podcast Inside Voice.

 

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Jill Ginsberg is an author, speaker, health coach and mother of three wild little humans. She combines her offbeat humor with her wellness and business knowledge to teach busy people everywhere how to run their lives like a boss. Jill’s wellness articles and parenting humor have been featured on The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and TODAY Parents, among other notable sites. Her entertaining self-help book titled Self-Made Wellionaire is being published by Flower of Life Press on May 1st. She’s also the voice behind thejillist.com, an irreverent parenting and lifestyle blog that helps moms lose their shit and get it together – all at the same time. You can also follow her on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

 

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MICHELE BACON

From a young age, Michele Bacon was drawn to people’s stories, and she remains eager to learn how you met your best friend or fell in love. In pursuit of stories and adventure, Michele travels widely, always with pen in hand ready to scrawl extensive plot outlines, character idiosyncrasies, and ideas for new scenes. Michele works privately with other writers to hone their craft; she finds particular joy in school and library visits with teens. This summer, she will begin mentoring students at the Moving Words Writing Clinic. Outside of writing, Michele is a tabletop game enthusiast, passionate skier, and lover of prime numbers. For instance, precisely 31 candles still hang in her dining room, where she staged Hogwarts Great Hall for a Harry Potter-themed birthday party. Michele lives in Ballard with her husband and three young daughters. Her first YA novel, Life Before, will be in bookstores June 7th.

 

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SHAE FOLEY

Shae Foley is the author of several short stories and poems that are featured prominently in the “notes” section of her smartphone and in the many spiral-bound notebooks her husband has sworn to burn if she dies unexpectedly. Most of her time is spent fact-checking and copyediting school research projects for her 2 kids—usually the night before they are due. She is a regular lecturer on a range of topics including stranger-danger, bicycle safety and good hygiene. Find Shae trying to cope with her fear of large social gatherings loitering near the bar, hiding behind a book, and/or telling inappropriate jokes to anyone within earshot. Or you can follow her on Twitter @Shae_Said.

 

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REBECCA HOM

Rebecca Hom is a transplanted midwesterner whose roots go deep into the landscapes of the West. She has lived in six Western states and traveled through each one west of the Mississippi River. She’s lived 31 years as full-time mom (but aren’t all Mom’s full-time?) with two now-adult kids. As a seasoned performance storyteller, Rebecca enjoys hearing stories almost as much as telling them, and relishes the opportunity to talk with folks and hear their tales. She has traveled across the US and onto six continents to share, gather and create life stories. Around a campfire, on a couch or in a crowded theater, Rebecca takes listeners from hilarious to heartfelt in a heartbeat. She writes of her travels sporadically at backroadsteller.blogspot.com

 

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TIFFANY KELLY

Tiffany Kelly is a native Washingtonian who lives in Seattle with her husband, two young sons and a dog who often acts as her therapist.  She writes frequently; unfortunately, it is only in her head.  She is proud to say that she and her mom talk daily and are often the only ones who find each other laugh-out loud funny.  She loves books and bookstores and as proven by many, many bookshelves in her house, will never own a Kindle.

 

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PATTY KINNEY

Nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize for her poem, How To Talk To Your Schizophrenic Child, Olympia native Patty Kinney’s work has appeared in: The Sun, Crab Creek Review; Floating Bridge Review; University of Iowa’s Examined Life Journal; and other places. She embraces yellow ranunculus and the moon. Patty holds an MFA in nonfiction/poetry from Antioch, Los Angeles and a BA from The Evergreen State College. She recently completed a full-length poetry collection, Fertility Is A Found Object and is working on two memoirs. Adoptee, mom of six sons and army veteran, Kinney teaches memoir/poetry workshops, mentors new writers/poets and leads OlyWriters, a creative writing workshop. Patty writes and speaks about the sometimes messy intersection of art and life — mental illness, homelessness, addiction, relationships. “I use writing as a way to heal myself and connect with others so they might feel and tell their stories.”

 

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LOREEN LILYN LEE

Born in Honolulu, LOREEN LILYN LEE grew up in three cultures:  Chinese, American, and Hawaiian. Her manuscript The Lava Never Sleeps: A Honolulu Memoir About Being Lost and Found was short-listed in the Santa Fe Writers Project 2015 Literary Awards Program and a finalist in the 2014 Memoir Discovery Contest. She was also selected as one of twelve writers for the year-long Jack Straw Writers Program in 2014 and is published in The Jack Straw Anthology. A Seattle resident since 1986, she received a Hedgebrook residency fellowship in 2001.

 

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SHELLY MAZZANOBLE

Shelly Mazzanoble is an author and playwright who has published essays and short stories with Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room, Blunt Moms, Pregnant Chicken, The Seattle Times, Carve, Whetstone, and authors the humorous parenting column, Mom in the Middle, for Seattle-based parenting network PEPs and Mother Rose Best for In the Powder Room where she mines the latest season of The Bachelor for excellent parenting tips. She is the mother of a toddler who provides endless fodder and thankfully hasn’t learned the word “litigation.” Visit her blog, or find her on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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STEPHANIE OLSON

Stephanie Olson is a former tap dancer and the mother of two sons. Her work has appeared in ParentMap magazine and The International Examiner newspaper. She is also co-author of the children’s book Mimi Bug’s Day With Friends. You can read her work on her website, Ma Swell Vie, www.maswellvie.com. She lives and writes in Seattle, dreams of Paris and firmly believes there is nothing in life that a little Tater Tot hot dish couldn’t fix.

 

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SANDRA PEREZ RHYNEER

Sandra Perez Rhyneer is a Cuban-born, Miami-raised, NYC-transplant mixing it up in Seattle. Sandy does not fancy herself a writer, although she’s spent the majority of her career writing and editing. She has a BA in psychology, which she put to good use at high-profile PR sweatshops, before devoting more than a dozen years to furthering non-profit missions; first, at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and now at the regional Planned Parenthood where she is VP of Marketing & Communications. After her son was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome, she became an outspoken advocate for people with the condition, especially on the topic of inclusion. Sandy serves on the marketing committee for the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation. She chronicles her journey as Lucas’ mom on MundoBean. You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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PEGGY STURDIVANT

Peggy Sturdivant realized (at mid-life) her passion is to use writing to connect ‘simply everyone.’ She moved to Seattle for the rain, theater, bookstores and trees and is the proud mother of a Ballard-born Northwest native. She currently leads the life of her mature dreams as curator of It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series, founder of Ballard Writer’s Collective, neighborhood activist, At Large in Ballard columnist, and co-author of the non-fiction book “Out of Nowhere” about a mother’s successful effort to pass a law after a tragic accident. She facilitates writing groups at Cancer Lifeline, Horizon House, coffee shops and works with students ages 10-95. She comes from a long line of strong women, and is mother, daughter, sister and aunt to even more of them.