{LTYM: Atlanta} Listen Up, Y’all

At BlogHer ’12, I stood on a tiny stage in a small room, surrounded by maybe 300 people and read a post that I wrote about how my life had grown roots over the years. It was part of the Listen To Your Mother Open Mic Salon night, an event that came after the Voices of the Year ceremony.

I knew what I wanted to read so I threw my name into the hat. Ann Imig drew my name to read. First.

I had never read any of my writings before in front of people who weren’t half-asleep high schoolers wondering when the heck the bell was going to ring so they could go make out in the hallway with their boyfriend or girlfriend.

That night at BlogHer, in my red dress, I stood up there and read my words. Words that flowed from my fingers into a piece of writing that I will forever be proud of.

That night, I realized how much I wanted to bring be a part of Listen To Your Mother.

What is LTYM?

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.

I watched as the 2013 slate of LTYM cities was announced. Atlanta wasn’t on the list. I’m not sure if that’s because nobody applied or if it was because it just wasn’t chosen. At any rate, I was disappointed and vowed not to let another year slip by without being part of this movement.

When the call for cities opened this year, my friend Miranda and I decided we would speak for Atlanta and yell at the top of our lungs that LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER NEEDS TO COME TO THE PEACH STATE, Y’ALL!

And guess what?

Listen To Your Mother is coming to the ATL.

I am honored, humbled, anxious and so incredibly excited to be co-directing/producing the LTYM: Atlanta show with Miranda Wicker around Mother’s Day of 2014.

For the next six months, we will be working to bring this live show that features REAL mothers talking about REAL motherhood while REAL mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers watch with love, support, and probably tears. We’re giving motherhood a microphone here in Atlanta and we couldn’t be more smitten.

Gather up your mama ‘n them and make plans to spend Mother’s Day with Listen To Your Mother!

To keep up with information on LTYM: Atlanta – news, audition information, ticket and sponsorship information –  follow us in all these places:

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  1. I apologize for screaming on your blog, but: THAT IS SO AWESOME.
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  2. so freaking excited!!!!

  3. Yoohoo– how cool is that?? Can’t wait!!

  4. Go ATLANTA!!! Your show will be amazing!


  5. I am so so excited for you and for us. I can’t wait to figure out this whole thing with you and all of the other newbies. So amazing isn’t it? xo

  6. Great job Jana. You inspire me.
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  7. Congratulations – so exciting! Looking forward to reading/listening. If you need any help I am in Atlanta too.
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  8. Loved LTYM in Charleston SC last year! So amazing!! Will there be a LTYM in ATL this year? I’d love information.

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