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. SEE THE POEMS / FULL PIECE HERE

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

Candor is my default Airea D. Matthews

Airea D. Matthews: "I suppose I think a lot about boundaries—physical and psychic—and how people inhabit public spaces. Often, the body in public speaks a language that the mouth wouldn’t dare utter. I’ve seen people call each other horrible things without saying a word; it’s all in how the body speaks, and it seems fear-based.

A good portion of American individualism completely silences the human urge to get to know each other—from the arm’s length of personal space to the non-porous borders of our suburbs and our cities. This idea that some part of space is ours, and ours alone, seems completely illogical to me. But, then too, this weird belief in spatial possession is a necessary fuel for fear. If something belongs to only you then someone other than you, usually someone visibly distinct, some other, might seek to ruin or destroy ‘your good thing." [excerpt]

See full interview here.

see Feb /Skin. Muscle. Bones. with Minal Hajratwala

see January / Mammoth & Moxie with Rachel McKibbens

see Nov-Dec / Mettasphere with Metta Sáma

see October / Bitches' Brew with Erika L. Sánchez


Roll call! Huge shout out of appreciations to Kore's 2014 Open Submissions Editorial Team!

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Tracie Morris to judge

Kore's 2015 First Book Award



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, winner announced In June

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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by Shauna Osborn

Mangoes in Early Fall 

          There's no civilized way to eat some fruits–-

          just savage sucking & ripping of flesh, 

          the large white seed in the center 

          waiting to be exposed. Bite into it 

          like an apple or a peach–such sweetness 

          drips down the throat, blonde fibers 

          much like corn silk & just as uneatable.


          Previous POWs: Natalie Diaz, Ruth Forman



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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