Notes From The Motherfield is a curated column of fieldnotes and writings of various shapes and durations by motherwriters.

motherhood is requiring that much / listening / over time by Adria Bernardi

Adria Bernardi: epigraph: “This pattern of relegating women to domestic duties, while diminishing their authority in the family, will come as no surprise to anybody familiar with how modern welfare states operate. What distinguished fascist Italy is perhaps only that the state’s claim to promote a modern maternity was so vigorous, while government services were so unevenly administered.  The fascist family welfare services offered the allure of the modern, without its underpinnings. They set new standards, interfered with old customs, and stigmatized traditional practices.  Yet they failed to provide the wherewithal for women to feel empowered by a modernized maternal craft—either as the providers or as the beneficiaries of the new services.  Italian mothers of all classes were thus made to feel inadequate, anxious, and dependent.”  Victoria de Grazia, “Motherhood,” How Fascism Ruled Women, (Berkeley: University of California Press) 1992.  60.


Motherhood as Grand Mal by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier HERE

Living In-Between by Shefali Milczarek-Desai HERE

Invisible Labors by Monica J. Casper HERE


Kore Biters is a monthly interview series that highlights the writing and literary activism of women writers who are transgressive and transformative.

by Arisa White and Rosebud Ben-Oni

Skin. Muscle. Bone. Minal Hajratwala on Bountiful Instructions

Minal Hajratwala: "I am a fairy godmother, and also an onion-peeler, and also a masseuse. I work with a lot of women, queers, survivors, people of color, immigrants, people whose stories the world works to silence. The other day a client asked for a visualization to protect her from the negative thoughts that deluge her as she tries to writes. I talked her through the geological layers of the body: skin, muscle, bone. The bones are where we hold shame; the muscles are where we hold tension; the skin is the boundary between ourselves and the world. We created a golden layer of light above her skin, a kind of protection spell."

See full interview here.

see January / Mammoth & Moxie with Rachel McKibbens

see Nov-Dec / Mettasphere with Metta Sáma

see October / Bitches' Brew with Erika L. Sánchez

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Tracie Morris to judge

Kore's 2015 First Book Award

April 30, 2015 deadline


contest details here

$1500 prize plus trade book publication

Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked extensively as a page-based writer, sound poet, critic, scholar, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, Ronald Feldman Gallery, The Silent Barn, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Drawing Center, The Gramsci Monument with Thomas Hirshhorn for the DIA Foundation and other galleries and museums. Tracie presents her work extensively as a poet, performer and scholar around the globe and has presented, performed and researched in almost 30 countries and 37 US States. Tracie is Professor and Coordinator of Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. 

"Silent Anatomies,"selected by Joy Harjo

Contest information here.


Roxane Gay is judging

Kore's 2015 Short Fiction Award

CONTEST CLOSED, judging underway

contest details here
$1250 prize plus limited edition chapbook and e-publication

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016. See more at


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Deep gratitude to our sponsors: P&W, UA Honors College, UA LGBT Institute, POG, Edge, AZ List, and the members of Kore Press. Thanks to the UA Poetry Center for hosting the panel, to Kristen Nelson for curating, and to UA Center for Critical Studies of the Body for creating the conference.

Many thanks to the presenters and all who attended!

A multidisciplinary reading by Monica Ong + panel with poets TC Tolbert and Rebecca Seiferle, and public health specialist Dr Howard Eng. This event is part of the 'UA Center for Critical Studies of the Body Open Embodiments Conference.

Kore Press is hosting Monica Ong in Tucson April 15-19 for the International Open Embodiments Conference at the University of Arizona, to present to the public on the 18th at the UA Poetry Center, and meet students & community.



new poems by Laynie Browne

""The mysterious power of the scorpion, both animal and constellation, informs the complex emotions of wrenchingly ongoing departure in this beautiful collection of odes to distance, absence, connection, and memory. The scorpion is the "miniature vessel of time" that both poisons and heals: the gorgeous poetry around it is the "house of hope/constructed solely of words." In this world of departures, Browne allows us to "Say possibly nothing is forgotten."—Marcella Durand

$15.95, 7x7," 56 pgs, perfect bound

ISBN 978-1-888553-70-3


A poetic-visual hybrid by Monica Ong

2014 First Book Winner selected by Joy Harjo

" In her sardonic, thus melancholic, Silent Anatomies, Monica Ong brilliantly skews the marking of surfaces. Writing—yes—but also defacement/effacement, surgical incision, racism. With text, photography, collage, and illustration, she maps the twisting way of familial shame; dissects metaphor; and hawks (and hocks) “Ancient Chinese Secrets” as medicinal cakewalks (who’s selling what to whom?). Slippery."Douglas Kearney

$17.95, 7.5 x10," 96 pgs, perfect bound

ISBN 978-1-888553-69-7


A Parallel Life by Mary Byrne

Kore Short Fiction Winner


To Boil Water by Myha T. Do

Kore Short Fiction Winner


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