About Me

My name is Katie Mae Mitchell, and I live in northern Georgia. I work as an English professor at a small liberal arts college, and from time to time, I type some thoughts here to share with you.

I began this blog something like eight years ago when I was a young mother to one baby boy and lived in a house in the woods with a big front porch and all my days stretched before me in a predictable and certain path. I’ve left those entries here, but now that woman feels like someone else entirely, a lifetime ago.

My world as I knew it exploded in late 2014 when I found myself a single mother to two preschoolers, and I wrote every piece of that grief right here on this journal. Sometimes with shaking hands at 2am when only a handful of people read these words. But I just kept writing and writing and writing until it lead me to the other side. Many of my current readers found me in that time as my writing made its way to Huffington Post.

About a year after that, my grandmother died, and I again understood that suffering has something to teach me. I thought her life had shown me all I needed to know, but as it turns out, her last weeks taught me everything. I chronicled those days here as well – stringing words together to give voice to grief yet again. And in that process, I pieced together the two greatest losses of my adult life to make something new of myself. Like all of us, I’m still becoming.

I’m a Georgia Girl born and bred, and I have a lot of love for my home state.  I still write here from time to time, and I’m currently writing a book about growing up in the rural south and the lessons I absorbed about family legacy and about love in all its many forms — the things we will do to fulfill it, follow it, create it, and chase it — and the ways it can break your heart wide open.

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In addition to this blog, I’m a contributor for Huffington Post. My writing has also been featured on Sweatpants and Coffee, Club MidRole Reboot, MamalodeAlternet, Mothers Always Write, and Mamalode’s food site, Mama Nom Nom. If you’d like to reach out about things you’ve read here or are interested in my writing for your site, send me an email at mamathereader@gmail.com.

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