In A Woman Is a Woman Until She Is a Mother, Anna Prushinskaya explores the deep life shifts of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood in the United States, a world away from the author's Soviet homeland. Drawing from inspirations as various as midwife Ina May Gaskin, writer and activist Alice Walker, filmmaker Sophia Kruz, and frontierswoman Caroline Henderson, Prushinskaya captures the inherent togetherness of motherhood alongside its accompanying estrangement. She plumbs the deeper waters of compassion, memory and identity, as well as the humorous streams of motherhood as they run up against the daily realities of work and the ever-present eye of social media. How will I return to my life? Prushinskaya asks, and answers by returning us to our own ordinary, extraordinary lives a little softer, a little wiser, and a little less certain of unascertainable things.
READ BY AMY MCFADDEN, TANYA EBY, KYLE LOS, CRAIG POWERS, KATE RUDD
Mina is single and young and has been diagnosed with breast cancer. This audio presentation follows Mina and her journey to explore society’s emphasis on breasts as she makes a difficult decision regarding her treatment.
Young women face many different struggles from older breast cancer patients. They are still in the their childbearing years, and the effects of cancer treatment can prevent them from not only breastfeeding but also from conceiving. Younger breast cancer patients often have difficulty with self-esteem and having the confidence to date.
Mina struggles with these issues and meets a collection of characters on her journey to figure out what she wants from life, ultimately embracing her power to live life boldly.
Keepingabreast is a full-cast performance starring Amy McFadden as Mina and featuring Tanya Eby, Kyle Los, Craig Powers, and Kate Rudd in multiple roles. Keepingabreast uses comedy, cynicism, and a touching story to address a very real issue.
NEVERTHELESS WE PERSISTED is a special audio-first anthology of poems, essays, and stories that explores themes of loss, love, and finding your own power. It's an astonishing collection filled with heart, tears, laughter, and ultimately hope.
This collection was created from writers across the United States and also in Australia, England, India, and New Zealand. Each piece is performed by a talented narrator. Music by Jennie Knaggs and Nick Shillace of Lac La Belle.
This special collection of prose and poetry was created by survivors of sexual discrimination and/or abuse.
These pieces were written specifically for audio and present a range of emotion, including anger. For too long, victims have been told to be quiet, to keep a secret, to be ashamed, to be blamed, and we now say No More. It is time to speak. It is time to form a chorus of voices that demand change. This anthology is a way to channel those experiences into something inspiring, moving, andencourages others to action.
Edited by Tanya Eby. Assistant Editor Karen White. Post production and original music by Amanda Rose Smith.
Written by: Em Jae, E., Deepti Gupta, Suzanne Barbetta, Dee, Samantha MacLeod, Bronwyn Green, Rachel Fulginiti, Mary Caroline Smith, Jackie Rosenfeld, Tor Thom, Charlotte, Samantha Greene, Rachel Wisley, Karen White, Emily Lawrence, Kali, Marie Christy, Carol Schneider, Anonymous, Sal, And Sahana Kumar.
Performed by: Christa Lewis, Neil Hellegers, Emily Beresford, Hillary Huber, Deepti Gupta, Suzanne Barbetta, Madeleine Maby, Tavia Gilbert, Lisa Flanagan, Rachel Fulginiti, Donna Postel, Carly Robins, Tor Thom, Nicol Zanzerella, Caitlin Kelley, Erin Mallon, Karen White, Francesca Amari, Emily Lawrence, Megan Tusing, Cassandra Campbell, Carol Schneider, Sal, Siiri Scott and Tanya Eby
Chorus Performed by: Matt Godfrey, Amanda Dolan, Melissa Moran, Khristine Hvam, Jesse Vilinsky, Andrea Emmes, Ralph Lister, Angie Hickman, Stuart Poltrock, Joe Hempel, Laura Bannister, Natalie Naudus, Greg Tremblay, Elizabeth Wiley, Eve Passeltiner, Rosemary Benson, Emily Durante, Karen Commins, Helen Lloyd, Amy McFadden, Sophie Amoss, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Jane Oppenheimer, Lori Prince, David Stifel, Lacy Laurel, Denice Stradling, Pamela Lorence, Suzie Althens, Kelley Ernst, Becca Ballenger, Lauren Ezzo, Sarah Mollo Christensen, Patrick Lawlor, Carol Jacobanis, Rich Miller, Anne Flosnik, Shiromi Arserio, Meghan Kelly, Kate Rudd, and Caroline McLaughlin