The WoM TeamMeet the Board of Directors
Freelance writer and author Laurel Hilton feels lucky to call the SF/Bay Area her home. Laurel’s work has been featured in the anthologies Mamas Write, 26 Tales of Truth, Wit and Grit and Nothing but the Truth: Transitions, as well as Sonoma Weddings magazine, Parents’ Press magazine and Examiner.com. She has performed for KQED Perspectives, Lit Crawl and Listen to Your Mother. Laurel hates traffic but enjoys stalking podcast hosts.
Teri is one of the founding members of Write on Mamas and a contributor to the group’s first anthology. After receiving a BA in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, Teri moved to northern California where she held numerous marketing director positions in the shopping center industry. She left the business world in 2007 to pursue a much more challenging but rewarding position – motherhood. Amidst the joyful chaos of raising an eight-year-old son and seven-year-old twin daughters, Teri writes YA fiction.
Mary Hill is writing a memoir about learning to accept her son’s disability and then helping him do the same. Mary has read at Lit Crawl, and her essays have appeared in various disability-related newsletter and blogs, including her own, Finding Joy in Simple Things. Mary lives in Berkeley with her husband and three children. She is a co-editor of Mamas Write.
Janine Kovac is a founding member of Write on Mamas and talent-wrangler for Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival. She is co-editor and a contributing author of Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit, and Grit and her work has appeared in Salon.com, Literary Mama, Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, and in the anthology Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God. Janine is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Lit Camp, and Mineral School Residency. She is proud to be part of the Write on Mamas team that produced and directed the SF Bay Area production of Listen To Your Mother in 2015 and 2016. She lives in Oakland with her husband, their daughter and their twin boys. Janine gets her best writing done and polished alongside her fellow WoMs.
Claire Hennessy did not begin her writing career until she moved from the UK to live in California in 2008. Despite starting late in the game, she has achieved much success in a short time. Some of her credits to date include having her work published in the Write on Mamas anthology, Mamas Write, and A Band of Women’s anthology, Nothing But The Truth So Help Me God: Transitions. She has also had work in the Marin IJ and received over 100,000 reads of her essays on Scribd.com, She writes a blog, Crazy California Claire when she is not working on her humorous memoir about reuniting with her first boyfriend from boarding school, after not seeing him for over 30 years. She and her two kids now live in Marin County in a blended family. Claire is a founding member and website editor of the Write on Mamas.
Meghen Kurtzig is thrilled to be part of the Write on Mamas team. She attempts to weave nursing, parenting, and writing into something useful and usually does it while her two children are sleeping.
Marianne writes personal essays and short stories and is developing a novel. Her dual muses are her husband, Michael, and son, Nicholas. She is a founding member of Write on Mamas and also belongs to Left Coast Writers. She is honored to be an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
Joanne is a freelance writer and editor and one of the co-editors of the WoM anthology, Mamas Write. She is a founding member of Literary Mama and has worked as a columnist, reporter, and middle school teacher. She lives in the east bay with her husband, daughter, and labradoodle.
Mary Allison Tierney
A Native Texan currently waging battle in a Bay Area minefield of twenty-something, teenaged and perimenopausal hormones. A recovering Marin private school mother of two college aged musician/artist-philosophers and a high school Whovian drummer with aspirations in fashion and science fiction. Founding member of the Write on Mamas and photographer of same. Published in The Sun Magazine, The Marin Independent Journal and the Write on Mamas anthology, Mamas Write, 29 Tales of Truth, Wit & Grit.
Mary Allison is looking forward with dread and gusto to starting her fifth NaNoWriMo novel in November. A diligent trail hiker, sweater repurposer and encaustic painter, because melting beeswax with a propane torch is quite soothing. Can read metal band logos and has on occasion been caught knitting. Won’t carpool.