Join Us at The Riverview Theatre on 5/7/15 at 7PM!

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This week we first introduced you to Paula, Emily, Lindsey, and Elizabeth, and then you met Jeanne, Patsy, Marsha, and Sarah . Now it’s time to get to know Heather, Kyrra, Alice, and Kris.


Heather says she’s a writer, but when it comes to writing her own bio, help is needed. Naturally, she asked two reliable sources: Facebook and her 12 year old son. The son suggested the following, “You should write that I rarely listen.” All evidence purports this to be true. Facebook peeps suggested the following, “Lover of cupcakes and donuts. Guilty of swearing too much. Recovering perfectionist. Aspires to inspire.” Evidence seems to confirm these as well. Lastly, we should report Heather’s self proclamation as a passionate mental health advocate and blogger at Life’s a Disco Ball. In one word, she describes herself as a fighter. But mostly, she just feels like a ginormous goofball that loves to make people laugh and love.

 Kyrra Rankine always wanted to be a writer and change the world, ideally while wearing a great pair of boots. After college, she taught middle school English and social studies in the Bronx before becoming a social worker focused on youth development and community organizing in Harlem. After a decade in NYC, she returned to the tundra, dragging her husband and two rescue cats along with her. She currently works at Teach For America-Twin Cities helping educators find positions in low-income schools and organizing community members around social justice in education. Her writing and editing has appeared in Publishers Weekly, Readers Digest, and The Summerset Review, and she has worked in various capacities at Milkweed Editions, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, and Janklow & Nesbit Associates literary agency. Most importantly, she excels at baking apple pies, parallel parking, and reading books to her 4-year-old daughter Zoey and 2-month-old son Miles.

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Alice Seuffert is an education researcher, food blogger and television foodie but her favorite role is being mom to Stella and Wes and wife to Will. Alice cooks regularly on television as the Kitchen Star on Twin Cities Live and as the Family Food Expert on The Happi House. She has also appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, World News Tonight, Twin Cities Public Television, Fox 9 and KARE 11. Alice competes annually in the Minnesota State Fair cooking competitions, is often found drinking craft beer at a local taproom and has trained her kids to be excellent egg crackers with the hopes that one day they will make her breakfast in bed. Alice is currently writing her first ebook on freezer meals for moms. Alice blogs about creative comfort food and her parenting adventures at Dining with Alice. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.


Kris Woll is a writer, mother, and pen hoarder with a thing for lakes, the fall, and fresh cinnamon rolls.  She writes about parenting, about places, about home and laundry and fish-shaped crackers and other sources of inspiration.  Her work has appeared in publications including Minnesota magazine, Edible Twin Cities, and on the Brain, Child blog, and she recently authored her first nonfiction books for young readers. She lives with her lovely family in a little house in Minneapolis.

We are also thrilled to announce that Lorna Landvik is returning to our 2015 LTYM show as our emcee!

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Lorna Landvik is the author of numerous best-selling novels such as PATTY JANE’S HOUSE OF CURL, ANGRY HOUSEWIVES EATING BON BONS, OH MY STARS, BEST TO LAUGH, and the recently self-published MAYOR OF THE UNIVERSE.

Landvik’s checkered (but legal) past includes working as a chambermaid in Bavaria, winning a trip to Tahiti as a contestant on ‘$25,000 Pyramid’ (MacGyver was her partner), temping at the Playboy Mansion (it was strictly a clerical position) and walking across the country as a member of The Great Peace March.

She has acted in many theatrical productions, including a half dozen shows she conveniently wrote for herself. Her all-improvised show, PARTY IN THE REC ROOM is a local legend, due in no small part to the margaritas she mixes up onstage.

She has one husband and two daughters and lives in the beautiful blue and green state of Minnesota.


The Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show will take place on May 7th, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Theater. 

Tickets are now available and a portion of the proceeds go to the Jeremiah Program!

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Yesterday, we introduced you to Paula, Emily, Lindsey, and Elizabeth. Today, we’re so excited for you to meet Jeanne, Patsy, Marsha, and Sarah.

jeanneJeanne Gallaher, aka the Colorbitch®, is a color & design consultant ( who utilizes her color synesthesia for the benefit of her clients’ homes and businesses. Jeanne is also a writer working on her first novel. Her poem “We’re All Here” was published in Open to Interpretation in 2014.

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Patsy Kahmann, memoir writer and filmmaker, currently lives near her favorite spot in the state, Minnehaha Falls, but she has called many places home. She was born in Kansas City, the second of twelve children. By age thirteen she and her family were on the move, coming to the frozen plains of southwestern Minnesota in the back of a pickup truck. Her memoir, House of Kahmanns, is about tender family bonds, forged and fractured, through hardships and happenstance.

Patsy was first published last year in the 2014 Saint Paul Almanac and is deeply appreciative of the support from publisher Kimberly Nightingale, who gave Patsy’s byline its first home. As a filmmaker, Patsy and her crew twice won awards from the Minnesota History Center’s documentary film series. Recently retired from the University of Minnesota Women’s Basketball program, Patsy now haunts numerous coffeehouses, working on her memoir, hoping to fulfill her parents’ wish that she write what happened. Her birthstone is opal, like her mother’s.



Marsha Partington is a freelance writer who enjoys writing real life stories about her children. Meeting Ed, about her daughter’s recovery from a life-threatening eating disorder was published in the anthology, Easy to Love but Hard to Raise, in 2012. Susie’s Story, highlighting the service work she engaged in after the death of her infant daughter, was featured in Today’s Health and Wellness Magazine in 2007. Marsha’s piece, When a Baby Dies…How you can help, appeared in multiple bereavement newsletters. A frequent contributor to the Sun Sailor newspaper, she has also worked as a reporter for a sustainable community project in the Twin Cities. A memoir about her parenting years is currently a work in progress.

Cara, who inspired the piece for LTYM 2015 now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their loving, nurturing relationship continues flourishing despite the distance.

Marsha has been a scholarship recipient at Madeline Island School of the Arts Writers Retreat, and often takes classes at The Loft Literary Center. She works as an Addictions Counselor and enjoys time with her two dogs.


Sarah Pelinka is a devoted wife and mother of two spirited girls, Poppy and Holiday – they are her heart. Married to her high school sweetheart, she and Travis remain as tight as the Girbaud jeans that first caught his attention. As an infertility survivor, Sarah facilitates a local chapter of Resolve’s peer-led support group in Apple Valley. Supporting others in this role has helped heal wounds from the past. Each day is a gift and Sarah surely lives by this. So much so, it remains the only gift she hasn’t yet tried to return without a receipt. While Sarah finds great joy in teaching science to middle schoolers, her passion for the arts is immense. She seeks and appreciates the meaning, beauty and laughter within every situation.

The Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show will take place on May 7th, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Theater. 

Tickets are now available and a portion of the proceeds go to the Jeremiah Program!

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Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities: Meet the 2015 Cast!

February 25, 2015

Last week, we announced the cast for the 2015 Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities show but we want you to get to know this year’s amazing storytellers better. We’ll begin today by telling you more about Paula, Emily, Lindsey and Elizabeth! Paula Chapman was a journalism major, spending many years in the world of corporate communication before taking a detour into the world of finance. Today, she enjoys writing personal essay and memoir and has performed some of her pieces at Litquake and The Mama Monologues. Her story, “The Heritage Doll,” was published in the Mamas Writes anthology in 2014. Emily Cornell lives a life fueled by coffee and big dreams. Born in Texas and raised in Hawaii, Minnesota, and Colorado, she was never really sure where to call “home” until she moved to Minneapolis in 2006. Prior to that, Emily earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder because it […]

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Announcing Our 2015 Listen To Your Mother Twin Cities Cast

February 17, 2015

What makes Listen To Your Mother special, unique, and a night to remember is the stories. We are humbled each year with the stories we witness through the audition process. The men and women who share their words, their hearts, their tears, their families, and even their laughter with us will always be in our hearts as the show comes to life each year.   We know you will love the stories this year – they will make you laugh, cry and nod “Me Too!”   We are so thrilled to announce our cast for the 2015 LTYM- Twin Cities show. Paula Chapman Emily Cornell Jeanne Gallaher Lindsey M. Henke Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew Patsy Kahmann Marsha Partington Sarah Pelinka Heather Petri Kyrra Rankine Alice Seuffert Kris Woll   Lorna Landvik will join us once again as emcee! We hope that you’ll join us at 7 p.m. on May 7th, 2015 at the Riverview […]

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All We Want For New Year’s Is You {@LTYMShow #TwinCities Auditions Are Open!}

January 5, 2015

Happy New Year, Twin Cities! I think I can speak for Tracy, Vikki, and I when I say that the most wonderful time of year is now here — it’s time to get our Listen to Your Mother 2015 season rolling! As always, our show will be on Thursday, May 7th at 7:PM at the historic and beautiful Riverview Theatre. This is home for our show and we’re thrilled to be back. Now we’re ready for our favorite part: To listen to your stories and find out which 10-14 of them will make up our third show. If you are a mother, have a mother, know a mother, never-ever want to be a mother, then this call for auditions is for you. Most LTYM readers aren’t professional writers, they’re people with stories about motherhood to tell. And this includes absolutely everyone. We’ll be hosting four open audition times (listed below). Sign up, prepare […]

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