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Madison Magazine Blurb: Mother Blogs Best

From the May issue of Madison Magazine‘s Your Town: Up Front section by Katie Vaughn

Mother Blogs Best

For nearly two years, Ann Imig has shared the ups, downs and downright funny moments of motherhood on her blog, annimig.com. Now she’s taking her parenting perspective to a new audience. Imig is directing and producing Listen to Your Mother, a live show with Madison-area writers reading their words on “the real experience of motherhood.” As Imig prepared for the Mother’s Day event, she answered a few questions about this new labor of love.

How did you come up with the idea of Listen to Your Mother?
The idea came to me in a Zen moment, while enjoying my routine Lego search-and-recovery mission. I think I had just reattached a space policeman’s head to his body (thus sparing him from the cat’s esophagus) and I said to myself, “If I can do this, I can do anything.” Writing is an extension of performing for me, and I’ve missed interacting with a live audience—one that doesn’t interrupt me constantly with demands for rice milk and Cheez-Its.

What has blogging about motherhood meant to you?
Humor blogging specifically has provided a creative outlet for my parenting stress, by challenging me to find the humor in even the most stressful (potty-training) parenting (potty-training) moments (potty-training). Also, blogging has meant making meaningful connections with other parents and writers—some of those connections evolving into friendships and trusted colleagues.

What are your goals for the show?
I hope the writers enjoy the thrill of performing and of offering their talent in a new way—where their literal voice can be heard in addition to their voice on the page. I hope the audience enjoys a celebration of motherhood, one originating from the genuine voices of those who know the beauty, the beast and the barely rested of being a mom.

Listen to Your Mother takes place May 9 at 3 p.m. at the Barrymore Theatre. Tickets are $10 at the door. listentoyourmothershow.blogspot.com

– Katie Vaughn

photo by Eric Tadsen


Thank you again to Katie Vaughn and Madison Magazine for helping spread the word about Listen To Your Mother. It was such a pleasure working with you.

p.s. Stay tuned for a fantastic Listen To Your Mother giveaway this week over on Happy Bambino’s blog including free tix, brunch for 2, and salon goodies!

36 comments… add one

  • Suzy April 25, 2010, 11:11 pm

    ***I had just reattached a space policeman’s head to his body (thus sparing him from the cat’s esophagus)***

    W.T.F. is a cat’s esophagus doing in that sentence?

  • Suzy April 25, 2010, 11:13 pm

    The picture is adorable. I do not see an esophagusless cat anywhere around you.

  • Jack April 25, 2010, 11:39 pm

    Very cool. Always nice to get some positive press.

  • Frau April 26, 2010, 12:01 am

    So cool…congrats!

  • Cheryl April 26, 2010, 4:15 am

    Nice going (potty training). Hey, does that contest include airfare? Just wondering…

  • Vodka Mom April 26, 2010, 4:38 am

    that is awesome! I am so proud of you. :-)

  • DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom April 26, 2010, 5:06 am

    Congratulations on the show. I wish it weren’t 1000 miles away. Let me know when you take the show on the road.

  • Clark Kent's Lunchbox April 26, 2010, 5:50 am

    very cool. very cool indeed!

  • OHmommy April 26, 2010, 6:03 am

    Such a cool event Ann. Bravo!

  • The Empress April 26, 2010, 6:36 am

    That is very nice. Please don’t get too big now, because you are so sweet, and still talk to us, your commenters.

    Beautiful job.

  • Heather of the EO April 26, 2010, 6:39 am

    This is so great, Ann!

    I really need to learn how to teleport myself to Madison. Is teleport a word? It’s early.

    Whatever. You know what I mean…

  • Becky April 26, 2010, 7:21 am

    So proud of you words can’t describe! And SUCH a great picture. Turned out great!

  • Melissa Chapman April 26, 2010, 7:35 am

    Ann you are AMAZING– I have no words- I am ferklempt I so wish I could be in the audience listening, watching- being in a space ripe with so much talent and energy. Mazel TOV:)

  • Rick Daley April 26, 2010, 8:02 am

    Congrats, well deserved reward for your hard work and admirable talents!

  • KLZ April 26, 2010, 8:11 am

    This so makes me wish I lived in Madison…

  • Maggie, dammit April 26, 2010, 8:17 am

    You. are. AWESOME.

    (and yeah, Heather, teleport! Or drive! Just get here!)

  • Heidi April 26, 2010, 9:16 am

    Congrats on the article and the show!

  • Anna Lefler April 26, 2010, 10:17 am

    Congrats on the fantastic interview! Very exciting and very deserved as well!

    Your show is going to be awesome.



  • Aging Mommy April 26, 2010, 11:46 am

    First of all congratulations on the show – what a fabulous idea and I wish you all the very best of British luck with it!! I love your comments in the article – but fear the repeated mention of potty training as we are going to be forced to embark upon it this summer (my daughter who is three cannot go to her preschool in the fall otherwise!).

    Just don’t forget about your blog – because we all look forward to your writing on here.

  • Elizabeth Bastos April 26, 2010, 11:56 am

    Fantastic about your show! Live streaming? Can’t wait. I hope you are celebrating!

  • Buggys April 26, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Very cool and very best wishes on a great Mother’s Day show!

  • Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him April 26, 2010, 12:32 pm

    This has inspired a sentence I never thought I’d say: I wish I lived in Wisconsin. Not that Jersey is better. In fact, it’s probably worse. Except for the ‘documentary’ about our ‘shore.’ That is pretty awesome.

    And I gotta go because my not-yet-potty-trained-toddler is circling the dining room table for a non-runway landing.

  • Lisa Page Rosenberg April 26, 2010, 12:34 pm

    Wish I could be there to witness the excellence in person… Will you be videotaping, Youtubing and linking the event? (Youtubing? You know what I mean.)
    You rock so hard.

  • Boy Crazy April 26, 2010, 7:27 pm

    congrats, ann!

  • anymommy April 26, 2010, 9:56 pm

    You are awesome. I am still dying of “why don’t I live in Madison” itis. XO.

  • Joanna Jenkins April 26, 2010, 10:38 pm

    WOW! Great press. Congratulations and I hope the show (which sounds fabulous!) is a huge success.


  • ♥ Braja April 27, 2010, 3:07 am

    I come back, and you’re a frikkin’ star/producer….NAMIOHO RENGE I WILL CUT YOU!!!!! PAMHO! XOXO! AND THE OTHERS!! lol xoxoxo

  • ♥ Braja April 27, 2010, 3:08 am

    TALLY HO!!

  • idgtm April 27, 2010, 5:27 am

    Finally some excitment to the Madison area. I mean aside from beer bongs and fraternity hazing.

    Congrats and great press. :)

  • Keyona April 27, 2010, 9:16 am

    You are totally famouse. And like I totally know you! Congrats! Which I could be there! :)

  • Julie@StageMama.com April 27, 2010, 9:39 am

    Fantastic piece and love, love the pic. Congrats! Seriously, when you’re ready to franchise this brilliant idea, make me your first call.

  • Nanny Goats In Panties April 27, 2010, 1:25 pm

    Yay! Nice piece.

    I’m talking about the article, by the way.

  • dusty earth mother April 27, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Congratulations! What a great idea. I just found you, and enjoying your madness :-)

  • Kate Coveny Hood April 28, 2010, 5:49 pm

    I love your zen moment. SOOOO wish I could be there. It’s just too long of a drive from my neighborhood though. Any chances you’ll be filming it?

  • Everyday Song April 29, 2010, 8:20 pm

    This is really great. Will you sign my ticket stub? :-)

  • Lee Vandeman May 10, 2010, 1:48 pm

    All I have to say is….that picture of you and your boys is just awesome. I’m kinda in love with all of you.


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