Mother's Day Book Launch & Reading for My Mother Taught Me collection May 7th @ 2pm

Mother's Day Book Launch & Reading for My Mother Taught Me collection!

May 7th @ 2pm

Legacy at Clover Blossom
100 McAuley Drive, Rochester, NY 14610

Books will be available for purchase and signing by local contributors, including:

Ron Bailey
Krista Gleason
Karen Hockenberry
M.J. Iuppa
Karla Linn Merrifield
Jerri Lynn Sparks
Holly Strickland
Kay Vukosic
Sueann Wells

Celebrate the moms in your life and take home a copy of this and Sueann Wells' other edited collections of motherhood-themed writings by local authors.  Gift packages available to make the mothers in your life inspired this year!  Hope to see you there!

Email with any questions
My Mother Taught Me is now available on Amazon in print and eBook. Other distribution channels in progress, but meanwhile, YAY! Get your copy now. Free shipping for Prime peeps! Let's celebrate our maternal lessons. Great works by a variety of authors and photographers from around the country! 

This book features the following contributors: Ron Bailey, Heidi Banser, Susan Baruch, Emery Campbell, Laila Suleiman Dahan, Nadine General, Krista Gleason, Christine Green, Karen Hockenberry, M.J. Iuppa, Karla Linn Merrifield, Jerri Lynn Sparks, Holly Strickland, Cyndalynn Tilley, Sue Vogt, Katelynn Vukosic, Kay Vukosic, Aaron, Kayla, and Sueann Wells
A special thank you to reviewers Christine Green, of the 585 Magazine, and Lisa Carley Hotaling, of The Narrow Pass!

Also ~ Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 7th @ 2pm at Legacy at Clover Blossom for our Launch Party/Reading! Join us as we celebrate our mothers' lessons! 

Copies of all Sueann Wells' edited collections will be available for sale at that event, cash and carry.  The motherhood-themed collections make great gifts for the special mother or mother-to-be in your life.  Package discounts and Gift-bagging will be available.  


My Mother Taught Me Reviews ~ Anthology set to be released soon

My Mother Taught Me examines motherhood in all its complexities and nuances. In this delightful volume of poetry and prose you can find mothers who were present and mothers who were absent, mothers who laughed every day and mothers who cried more often than not, mothers who raised their children all on their own and mothers who had a partner by their side. The pages are alive with the diverse mothers who gave each contributor their advice, love, and life-lessons. A great gift for the new mother or for Mother’s Day, My Mother Taught Me, is a lovely tribute to the women who raised us.  

~ Christine Green, Literary Arts Columnist,

As our nation struggles to find its way in an increasingly divided political and cultural climate, perhaps the healing of our country doesn’t begin with simply listening to those with whom we disagree or trying to understand different points of view. We all know how good this sounds in theory and just how difficult it is in practice. Instead, it is my growing belief that it is mothers who can bring us together. As mothers, we are united in our wish for the best for our kids, for being good examples, for pinning our hopes on a future that offers opportunities for happiness and peace. 

Sueann Wells has brought together a collection of narratives, in prose, poetry, and photography that remind us of the maternal thread that both tethered us to this earth when we were born and cut us loose into an uncertain adulthood. In My Mother Taught Me, Wells deftly weaves together disparate strands, of struggle with an alcoholic mother, of resilience learned from a working mother, of the caution to trust carefully and not with blind acceptance, to create a cohesive narrative made all the stronger and all the richer for its diversity. 

Anthologies that both venerate and interrogate the maternal experience serve to bring us closer together. Sueann Wells has not only bound us together through powerful maternal narratives, she has reminded us that perhaps our best hope for an empowered future rests not with shared narratives but with an appreciation that for some, a walk in the woods may open up even the most closed among us; for others, the refusal to settle for an unripe melon may just be the start of finding one’s conviction.

~ Lisa Carley Hotaling, Editor, The Narrow Pass

Book Packages Available

     No matter what traditions you and yours keep, the books I have written and/or edited make fabulous gifts to those you cherish most!  I have the following volumes available for purchase.  I accept Cash, PayPal, (or Check from my connections).  Signed inscriptions available.  Gift wrapping is available for your convenience as well.  Send me an email or message me with your order.

The first five editions are available individually at the prices listed, or ANY 3 for $30! 
~ Add a homemade lavender eye pillow and gift packaging with local delivery for only an additional $10 (What a glorious gift for a new mom or a veteran mom!) ~

Mother Muse (2008, many authors, edited by Sueann Wells, purple cover) ~ Lulu ~ $12

Motherly Musings (2010, many authors, edited by Sueann Wells, pink cover) ~ Unlimited Publishing ~ $15

Awake Before Dawn (2009, FootHills Publishing, my original poetry on motherhood) ~ $14

Seasons of Life (2015, Lulu, my original poetry, a year's worth of linked cinquains) ~ $12

Midnight Summons (2007, FootHills Publishing, my debut chapbook on a variety of topics) ~ $10

Again, the above five editions are available a la carte at the prices listed, or ANY 3 for $30!

Free delivery within a 5 mile radius of 14472, or  $10/shipping w/in US for unlimited copies.

Also available are copies of the following children's books
        $15 for one book, or $25 for two books, mix and match

Stone Soup ~ Suburban Style (2015, Lulu, my debut children's book with an anti-bullying take on the traditional folktale).

Dinosaur Parade (2016, Lulu, my edited, illustrated, published copy of Karen Hockenberry's debut children's book). 

Again, Free delivery within a 5 mile radius of 14472, or  $10/shipping w/in US for unlimited copies. 

Email me at RochesterNYEditor (at) to order copies! 

Motherly Musings no longer available through the publisher / Amazon

Hey there, y'all! 

Happy Mother's Day weekend to you, first and foremost.  I hope you all spend quality time with the important people in your lives, and take at least a moment for yourself and to reflect on what a journey (albeit rollercoaster journey at times!) you have been on.

Secondly, I must report here that Motherly Musings is no longer available through the publisher / on Amazon, due to low sales and too much paperwork on the publisher's end.  However, yours truly has a stockpile. :-)  Please contact me directly at motherhood2009 at to order copies directly.  I have 20 copies left of this now-limited edition collection.  $15/each, bulk discounts and shipping available for anyone more than 10 miles from my home.  Please email what you need and I'll hook you up.

** Contributors and Potential contributors, I would also like to note that I have a specific-themed sequel cooking right now, and would love to open it up to submissions as soon as some of my stockpile of Motherly Musings and Mother Muse have been sold.  It is hard to rationalize starting a new compilation project when I have not recouped my costs from the last one. (I make nothing on these work of heart collections!)  I have several projects waiting in my heart and hope to make them realities, but if you all could please help me out selling the remaining 20 copies of each Mother Muse and Motherly Musings, I would so very much appreciate it!  They make fabulous gifts for any mother or mother-to-be in your life!  I accept cash, check, and PayPal at this time. 

Mother's Day Reading & Book Signing

Please join Lift Bridge Book Shop and contributors from Motherly Musings for a ...

Mother's Day Reading & Book Signing

When:  Saturday May 5th, 2012
Where:  Lift Bridge Book Shop, 45 Main St., Brockport, NY
Time:  11:30 am

For more info email chrissygreenny (at) or motherhood2009 (at)