Marika Lindholm and Contributors: We Got This
In the United States, more than 15 million women are parenting children on their own, either by circumstance or by choice. Too often these moms who do it all have been misrepresented and maligned. Not anymore. In We Got This, seventy-five solo mom writers tell the truth about their lives—their hopes and fears, their resilience and setbacks, their embarrassments and triumphs. Some of these writers’ names will sound familiar, like Amy Poehler, Anne Lamott, and Elizabeth Alexander, while others are about to become unforgettable. Bound together by their strength, pride, and—most of all— their dedication to their children, they broadcast a universal and empowering message: You are not alone, solo moms—and your tenacity, courage, and fierce love are worthy of celebration.
Marika Lindholm (“Butterfly and Sunshine”; coeditor) founded the social platform Empowering Strong Moms Everywhere (ESME) to ignite a social movement of solo moms. A trained sociologist, she taught courses on inequality, diversity, and gender at Northwestern University for over a decade. After a divorce left her parenting two children on her own, she built ESME out of academic and personal experience. Marika has published scholarly articles; been a regular contributor to Psychology Today, Working Mother, Mind Body Green, and Talk Space; and published essays and fiction in the Daily News, Elephant Journal, The Hill, Ms., Silent Voices, and the Southern Indiana Review.
VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia (“Why We Stay”) is a painter, published poet, speaker, and facilitator. Through her business, Soul Revival Healing Arts, she offers original paintings and products, and teaches workshops. Her first poetry collection, Butterfly Spirit, was published in 2015. VersAnnette is passionate about empowering women, eating great food, and traveling the world. A former solo mom, she is ESME’s Domestic Violence Resource Guide. She and her family currently reside near Chicago.
Courtney Christine (“I’m the Woman Who Hit Your Daughter with My Car”) is mother to two smart, brave, and kind little women, who reside with her in Evanston, Illinois. With much trepidation, she began her journey as a solo mom in 2017. Since then, Courtney has rediscovered writing, learned to play the ukulele, and applied for a master’s in social work. She’s fueled by her daughters’ love; they cheer her on every step of the way. Find her blog at medium.com/@courtneychristine.
Mika Yamamoto (“Deconstructing Kanji”) is a writer and ESME’s Public Assistance Resource Guide. Her work can be found in Noon, Nelle, Hawaii Pacific Review, the Rumpus, and other publications.
Angela Ricketts (“Grey Street”) is the author of the memoir No Man’s War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife. Daughter and wife of career infantrymen, she has a master’s degree in social psychology. You can follow her on Twitter at @angricketts and on Facebook at @AngMacRicketts.
Sharisse Kimbro (“For My Sisters”) is a writer, mother, and stepmother who resides in the Chicago area. She has written extensively on empowering women, recovery from divorce, and managing single parenthood for a variety of outlets, including ESME, Divorced Moms, and For Harriet. Her debut novel, Beyond the Broken, published in 2013, is a powerful story about what happens when the life you planned for isn’t the life you end up with. She is currently working on her second novel.
Marianne Peel Foreman is a prize winning poet whose writing has appeared in Muddy River Poetry Review, Belle Re’ve Literary Journal, Jelly Bucket, and many other publications. Her poetry was recently published in Unmasked: Women Write about Sex and Intimacy after 50 and she has a poetry collection forthcoming from Shadelandhouse Modern Press.