Lisa Romeo of Ask Any Mom!


posted by Sheri

Happy Two Years mamazine.com! In honor of our webzine's two-year anniversary this month, Amy and I are celebrating our readers. Today's featured reader is:

Name: Lisa Romeo

Blogs: Ask Any Mom and Lisa Romeo

Kids: 2 sons: 13 and 9

Paid work: I am a grad student and also do some freelance writing and research; assistant editor of Wooden Horse Magazine Newsletter, a weekly magazine industry update.

Activism: Only in that I advocated for my older son for many years, to be sure he got the services he deserved in elementary and middle school; and I volunteer with both sons' family-school associations.

Reader since: Probably a year or more. I visit to check in with my tribe and remind myself once again that this motherhood business is a wild and crazy ride for everyone, not just me! I learn so much from the words of other mothers, whether in a powerfully written opinion piece or a subtle poem.

Currently reading: For my MFA research thesis, I'm reading a stack of memoirs by women who reveal a lot about their marital relationships, including An Empty Lap (Jill Smolowe), Waiting for Daisy (Peggy Orenstein), Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed (Mimi Schwartz) and many others. For fun, I practically inhale every essay and anthology collection that comes along—I'm in the middle of The Honeymoon's Over: True Stories of Love, Marriage, and Divorce. Lately I've been reading more poetry. I loved two memoirs written in poetry—Blue Suburbia: Almost a Memoir (Laurie Lico Albanese) and We Didn't Come Here for This (William B. Patrick), which got me interested in writing poetry, too. I love my friend Raye Tibbitt's zine The Bad Mother Chronicles; and I'm a complete magazine junkie, with stacks everywhere, from The New Yorker to Hallmark and everything in between. I can't go to sleep without reading at least parts of the New York Times (I live in NJ), and I have piles of unread books on every surface. I'm always in the middle of several books. Right now, for pleasure, it's Under the Duvet (Marian Keyes) and Seabiscuit (Laura Hillenbrand). Sorry, you just can't get me started on the subject of reading!

Favorite mama blog: My friend Michelle O'Neill's blog Full-Soul-Ahead. She nails the mother-advocate divide beautifully

There's still time to tell us how we're doing mamazine.com and be our next featured reader. The deadline is August 29th and here's how.