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Mom-ologues Unfiltered: Stories, Poetry and Music Jam

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Vanessa Adel, Dorise Heller, Jackie Humphreys, Nancy Carolyn Kwant, Rythea Lee, Jessica Simon, Liz Reed, Arya Samuelson, and Karolina Zapal. May 17, 2024 | 7:00 PM | Location: Anchor House of Artists Mom-ologues Unfiltered Story, poetry and music jam with visual art exhibition Part of #MICAfest2024 Images courtesy of Jessica Simon (Instagram), Rythea Lee, film image by Terre Parker, and art weaving by Samantha Wilde.

Mom-ologues: Unfiltered Stories, Poems, and Music Jam

Ditch the filters and embrace the chaos! Join us for an evening of raw and uncensored stories, poetry, and music that shatter the ‘perfect mother’ myth. Experience the full spectrum of m/otherhood – the messy, the tender, and the downright hilarious – in this intimate and empowering gathering at Anchor House of Artists.

Featured Storytellers & Performers

Vanessa Adel

A writer, educator, and mother of four, Vanessa delves into the complexities of motherhood, social justice, medical challenges, and the fight for a better future. Experience her powerful poetry and monologues exploring the triumphs, struggles, and the essential importance of supporting mothers in their vital roles.

Dorise Heller

Explore a mother’s struggle with postpartum anxiety, the impact of unexpected health events, and the quest for balance amidst the chaos of raising young children.

Jackie Humphreys

Explore the evolution of motherhood through a powerful storytelling performance spanning teen pregnancy to grandparenthood. Personal photos add a visual dimension to this moving journey.

Nancy Carolyn Kwant

Explore the complexities of motherhood, body image, and intergenerational wisdom through a powerful poetry performance inspired by the author’s Colombian heritage, where stories reside in scars and wisdom passes through generations.

Rythea Lee

Connect, reflect, and find empowerment in this captivating performer’s songs, monologues, and message of authenticity, healing, and reclaiming your voice.

Liz Reed 

Laugh, cry, and sing along to songs that reflect the joys and complexities of motherhood, celebrating both tender moments and the challenges parents face.

Arya Samuelson

This moving reading explores the complexities of unexpected pregnancy, abortion, grief, and the transformative power of art and community. The author shares her award-winning essay “I am No Beekeeper,” offering a rare and intimate perspective on an often-taboo experience.

Jessica Genia Simon

Experience a dynamic performance poetry reading exploring parenthood, love, and diversity in a transracial, same-sex adoptive family. The reading features poems from “Built of All I Shape and Name” and new works celebrating the author’s daughter.

Karolina Zapal

Experience a moving reading from “Notes for Mid-Birth,” a book spotlighting Poland’s abortion rights struggle and the powerful Black Protests of 2016 and 2018, seen through the eyes of a Polish immigrant.

This Isn’t Your Average Knitting Circle

“Mom-ologues” embraces honesty and celebrates the multi-faceted realities of motherhood. Join us for an evening of raw stories, connection, and a reminder that you’re not alone in this wild, beautiful journey.

Questions about tickets?

For ticketing support, please email us at hello@experiencemica.org.

MICAfest is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.


M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA)
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Anchor House of Artists
518 Pleasant Street
Northampton,MA01060United States
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