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We're telling stories. If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable and some you have not thought of. Each week, we share a new story and have great conversations with the writers, many of whom are in fact not writers by trade. We have excerpts from best selling novels, memoirs, poetry award winners and songwriters, to stay at home moms, insurance brokers, teachers, actors, college students and beyond. Some famous. Some not at all. But they all have incredible tales to tell. Ifitsnot1thingitsyourmother.com

If It's Not 1 Thing It's Your Mother Katie Mitchell and Lupe Padilla Mitchell

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We're telling stories. If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable and some you have not thought of. Each week, we share a new story and have great conversations with the writers, many of whom are in fact not writers by trade. We have excerpts from best selling novels, memoirs, poetry award winners and songwriters, to stay at home moms, insurance brokers, teachers, actors, college students and beyond. Some famous. Some not at all. But they all have incredible tales to tell. Ifitsnot1thingitsyourmother.com

    Encore Jack Grapes Part 2 Mother of a Story - Writing from your Deep Voice

    Encore Jack Grapes Part 2 Mother of a Story - Writing from your Deep Voice

    You've got to convince people that the story doesn't matter. What matters is the truth of your deep voice, not your entertaining voice.
    Jack Grapes, renowned writing teacher and award-winning poet reads a poem he wrote 50 years ago after the death of his mother. He hadn't read it in decades, and it brought up a lot of unexpected feelings.
    Jack Grapes, is a poet, playwright, actor, teacher and founding editor of the literary journal ONTHEBUS. He is the author of 13 books of poetry and numerous other works, and co-wrote and starred in the award-winning play Circle of Will. Over the last 40 years, he has taught thousands of poets and writers (based on his books Method Writing and Advanced Method Writing), and taught poetry in over 100 Los Angeles schools. A native of New Orleans, Jack holds a BA and an MFA from Tulane University.
    His latest book is Last of the Outsiders Vol:1. For more info on Jack and his books check our website
    www.ifitsnot1thingitsyourmother.com
    Jack lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lori.
    If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable and some you have not thought of. Each week, hosts Katie Mitchell and Lupe Padilla Mitchell share a new story and have great conversations with the writers, many of whom are in fact not writers by trade. We have excerpts from best selling novels, memoirs, poetry award winners, songwriters, stay at home moms, insurance brokers, teachers, actors, college students and beyond. Some famous. Some not at all. But they all have incredible tales to tell. Story is in our DNA. It's how we make sense of the world around us. We have so much to teach each other. We welcome you to rate and review us.
     
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    • 22 min
    Encore Ep - Jack Grapes Mother of A Story - Letter from his Mother's Grave

    Encore Ep - Jack Grapes Mother of A Story - Letter from his Mother's Grave

    Imagine receiving a letter from your mother a few years after she died. Imagine the letter is blank. That is the story our writer tells us this week. 
    Jack Grapes, renowned writing teacher and award-winning poet reads a poem he wrote 50 years ago after the death of his mother. He hadn't read it in decades, and it brought up a lot of unexpected feelings.
    Jack Grapes, is a poet, playwright, actor, teacher and founding editor of the literary journal ONTHEBUS. He is the author of 13 books of poetry and numerous other works, and co-wrote and starred in the award-winning play Circle of Will. Over the last 40 years, he has taught thousands of poets and writers (based on his books Method Writing and Advanced Method Writing), and taught poetry in over 100 Los Angeles schools. A native of New Orleans, Jack holds a BA and an MFA from Tulane University.
    His latest book is Last of the Outsiders Vol:1. For more info on Jack and his books check our website
    www.ifitsnot1thingitsyourmother.com
    Jack lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lori.
    If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable and some you have not thought of. Each week, hosts Katie Mitchell and Lupe Padilla Mitchell share a new story and have great conversations with the writers, many of whom are in fact not writers by trade. We have excerpts from best selling novels, memoirs, poetry award winners, songwriters, stay at home moms, insurance brokers, teachers, actors, college students and beyond. Some famous. Some not at all. But they all have incredible tales to tell. Story is in our DNA. It's how we make sense of the world around us. We have so much to teach each other. We welcome you to rate and review us.
     
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    • 26 min
    Encore Episode - Jon Wise Mother of a Story- A Mother Obscured

    Encore Episode - Jon Wise Mother of a Story- A Mother Obscured

    "To begin with, this is not a story about my mother. She and I were not to enter the picture for a number of years. It’s another mother's story- of a ghost, a shadowy presence that moved along the distant edges of my childhood, whose memory was in the custody of others reluctant to part with it or even let it see the light of day." -Jon Wise
    Jon Wise lives in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans, with his wife Gail and their Australian terrier Owen. He has called the Crescent City home for most of his life and is grateful that he could; though he retains an affinity for the northwest part of the state and the stories it contains. A lawyer by trade, Jon has often turned to writing as both a creative outlet and a way of coming to terms with the world and his brief place in it. He has published poetry and short stories in literary reviews in Louisiana and Arkansas.
     
    If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable and some you have not thought of. Each week, hosts Katie Mitchell and Lupe Padilla Mitchell share a new story and have great conversations with the writers, many of whom are in fact not writers by trade. We have excerpts from best selling novels, memoirs, poetry award winners, songwriters, stay at home moms, insurance brokers, teachers, actors, college students and beyond. Some famous. Some not at all. But they all have incredible tales to tell. Story is in our DNA. It's how we make sense of the world around us. We have so much to teach each other. We welcome you to rate and review us.
     
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    • 36 min
    Encore Episode - Alexis Rhone Fancher Mother of a Story- Cruel Choices

    Encore Episode - Alexis Rhone Fancher Mother of a Story- Cruel Choices

    We're telling stories. 
    Raw honest unapologetic episode about life after the death of this writer's son. She holds nothing back.
    Alexis Rhone Fancher is an award winning poet and photographer. She has been published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Hobart, Verse Daily, Plume, Tinderbox, Cleaver, and elsewhere. Her books include: How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen…, State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, Enter Here, and Junkie Wife. 
    The Dead Kid Poems, the follow up to State of Grace, is available now on Amazon. 
    Alexis’s photographs are published worldwide, including the covers of Witness, Heyday, and Pit-head Chapel, and a spread in River Styx. Since 2013, she has been nominated more than 20 times for the Pushcart Prize. Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly.
    The poems in this episode are: 
    Cruel Choices -winner of the Pangolin Prize, nominated for The Pushcart Prize (pub in ASKEW, and in Amarylis, UK)
    Keeping Things Cold (pub in Diode)
    Snow Globe (pub in The MacGuffin)
    You can find Alexis Rhone Fancher here -
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexis.fancher 
    Website: www.alexisrhonefancher.com
    Links to her books:
    The Dead Kid Poems
    Junkie Wife - Moontide
    Junkie Wife 
    Enter Here
    State of Grace
    How I lost my Virginity to Michael Cohen and Other Heart Stab Poems
    If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable and some you have not thought of. Each week, hosts Katie Mitchell and Lupe Padilla Mitchell share a new story and have great conversations with the writers, many of whom are in fact not writers by trade. We have excerpts from best selling novels, memoirs, poetry award winners, songwriters, stay at home moms, insurance brokers, teachers, actors, college students and beyond. Some famous. Some not at all. But they all have incredible tales to tell.Story is in our DNA. It's how we make sense of the world around us. We have so much to teach each other. We welcome you to rate and review us.
    Find out more about us at www.ifitsnot1thingitsyourmother.com
     
     
     

    • 22 min
    Encore Episode - Anonymous Mother of a Story - Barnacles

    Encore Episode - Anonymous Mother of a Story - Barnacles

    We're telling stories.
    Today’s guest is a best selling novelist and an all around wonderful writer. She wrote a beautiful piece for this podcast and then called us with a special request-- that we keep her identity anonymous.
    Who doesn't speak to their mother?
    What do you do when you have a toxic relationship with your mom? When the mother you want, is not the mother you have? When you are looking for courage or permission to put your well-being first, to live in your truth? What do you do when you don't want to hurt your mom, but continuing the relationship you two have set up is making you miserable? What lesson will you teach your kids if you disconnect? Or on the flip side, what will you teach them if you don't?
    Self-love is not a bad word.
    Life lessons are all around us. And one big lesson to be learned from today’s show is, ‘the way a mother handles her divorce can make or break her relationship with her children going forward’.
    Every nugget of wisdom that can save us time along our journey of self awareness, in our effort to evolve into a higher self, is of value. And this episode is chocked full of those nuggets.
    If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable and some you have not thought of. Each week, hosts Katie Mitchell and Lupe Padilla Mitchell share a new story and have great conversations with the writers, many of whom are in fact not writers by trade. We have excerpts from best selling novels, memoirs, poetry award winners and songwriters, to stay at home moms, insurance brokers, teachers, actors, college students and beyond. Some famous. Some not at all. But they all have incredible tales to tell.
    Find out more about us at:
    www.ifitsnot1thingitsyourmother.com
    on Facebook and Instagram @ifitsnot1thingitsyourmother 

    • 19 min
    Benjamin Davis Mother of a Story - Playlist for my Mother's Funeral

    Benjamin Davis Mother of a Story - Playlist for my Mother's Funeral

    Benjamin Davis shares his poem, The Playlist At My Mother’s Funeral. We talk about how his mother would like a party when she dies which got him thinking of the playlist and how the songs that remind him of his mother and also track his memories with her throughout his childhood. Our conversation went from his rebellious teens and how he thought his parents showed great restraint for not throwing him in the basement and only feeding him scraps to the time when we all come to the realization that all the adults in our life are just winging it. 
    He also talks about his book King of Fu. He describes it as a magical realism, memoir, poem. Where the adults are described as supervisors and only distinguished by their job description. Until he is in trouble and needs a protector. At this point his mom turns from Homeopathic Doctor to a magical being, Mother. Mom vanquishes bullies and helps him when he is in trouble, but when the trouble passes and he no longer needs her, she becomes Homeopathic Doctor again. This episode is filled with whimsy and coming of age realizations.
    Benjamin Davis, is an American journalist and author of The King of FU, living in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  If you need anything from him, he’s likely antagonizing his girlfriend by publishing humorous anecdotes about their love life in P.S. I Love You.
    Links to Benjamin Davis
    Website: https://benjamindaviswriter.com
    The King of FU: http://kingoffu.online https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D2YYL6S
    Medium: https://medium.com/@benjamindaviswriter
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/benjamindaviswriter
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/benjamindavis
    Instagram: @davis.benjamin.s
    We’re telling stories
    If it's not 1 Thing, explores the topic of 'mother' from every angle imaginable and some you have not thought of. Each week, hosts Katie Mitchell and Lupe Padilla Mitchell share a new story and have great conversations with the writers, many of whom are in fact not writers by trade. We have excerpts from best selling novels, memoirs, poetry award winners, songwriters, stay at home moms, insurance brokers, teachers, actors, college students and beyond. Some famous. Some not at all. But they all have incredible tales to tell. Story is in our DNA. It's how we make sense of the world around us. We have so much to teach each other. We welcome you to rate and review us.
     If you like this episode help us out by sharing it with friends, rate and leave us a review. Thank you Lupe &Katie
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Jasperpt ,

Look forward to every new episode

So many different personal stories and the conversation that follows opens up to so many things to think about long after the episode is over. It’s real people covering real life.

MalloryB1987 ,

GREAT Podcast!

These ladies are absolutely fabulous and the stories they facilitate in each episode are poignant and deeply meaningful. Highly, highly recommend!!!

talirachelle ,

Loving this podcast .

I laugh,I cry ,I ponder my own parenting and what kind of daughter and friend I have been . Lupe and Katie have great insight and questions . There is truly something for all of us !

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