Sept. 23 at noon (ET), online. All are welcome.

click here to rsvp for the SANITY LUNCH

How to keep the kids on academic track and parents on career track!

Guidance for work-from-home writers
who never expected to homeschool.

Join child development expert, Dr. Michelle Tichy, an educational psychologist devoted to helping families through the perils of unanticipated homeschool while adults work-from-home, in a casual lunchtime online talk-back. She will answer audience questions about how to stay creative, keep the kids on track, and generally keep your sanity in a situation that seems designed to drive us all mad. Dr. Tichy’s HOEP METHOD helps parents navigate their own career goals without slighting the children’s academic needs, and vice versa.

This is the second time that Pen Parentis has hosted this compassionate and knowledgeable expert. She will again be featured in conversation with Pen Parentis Founder M. M. De Voe. We bring this SANITY LUNCH to you free of charge, but if it is within your means to make a small donation to Pen Parentis, we would be grateful and put that donation to immediate use helping writers stay on creative track after they start a family.

If you have a specific question for Dr. Tichy, you may submit the question in advance to the email address listed on your RSVP email. We will try to get to all audience questions, but if we do not get to yours, she will respond personally via email.

Audience questions can also be submitted during the event itself if you are logged on to your Facebook or YouTube account.

The Pen Parentis Literary Salon is a unique series that shatters parental stereotypes as it celebrates the diverse creative work of writers that are also parents. On the second Tuesday of each month September through May, join us online! Chat with our authors, be heard! Participate in discussions with writers in real time.

Readings by small groups of exemplary authors, writers, and poets (all are parents, usually organized by a theme) are followed by lively roundtable discussions moderated by Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe and Salons curator Christina Chiu. Come join the fun! You don’t have to be a parent or even a writer to enjoy these events – all lovers of the written word are welcome to join us!

Scroll down past the mailing list signup to view archives of photos and livecasts from past Salons.

UPCOMING (mark your calendars!)

Fall 2020 (Season 24) 

Click here to browse October’s Books at our Bookshop!
(this will ensure you are buying from an indie bookstore and Pen Parentis gets a donation too!)

Oct 13/Across the USA
Wendy S Walters*
Sande Boritz Berger*
Andrew Simonet*

Nov 10/The F word (Feminism)
Bushra Rehman
Matt Jakubowski*
Robert Levy*

Dec 8/End of Year celebration
Trey Ellis*
Julia Glass*
Patty Dann

13th Annual Poetry Salon on Jan 12
Ru Freeman*
John Hennessy*
Artress White*

Spring 2021 – Season 25 (!!!)

Feb 9/First Generation
Esther Amini*
Kris Jansma
Tina Chang

March 9/Identity
Bryan Van Dyke*
Dylan Landis*
Darin Straus

April 13/Love & Loss
Marion Winik*
Melanie Hatter*
Marian Fontana*

May 11/Season Closer
Alice Dark*
Lily B*
Joshua Henkin

*first time appearing at a Pen Parentis Salon

$10 donation is optional (but please give if you can!)

RSVP links coming soon.

This season of PEN PARENTIS LITERARY SALONS is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.

Through your generosity, this series pays writers and remains free for audiences – make a donation by clicking here.


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“New York, New York”

September 8, 2020: Pen Parentis speaks to three native New Yorkers who write and live New York City, including the co-editor of Empire City. David S. Dunbar, Carol LaHines, and Beverly Gologorsky chat on a Livecast about loving New York, its energy, synergy, and then there is a fascinating digression about serendipity and whether you can cause it. Click here to see the video recording!

click here to order SEPTEMBER books

“Alumnae of Pen Parentis”

July 2020: Pen Parentis revisits New York Times-acclaimed novelists Gae Polisner, Joanna Hershon and Elizabeth Kadetsky in an interactive summer Livecast celebration of excellent novels by powerful literary women who also happen to have kids. Click here to see the video recording!


June 9, 2020: Helen Schulman  Deborah Paradez  and Davon Loeb discussed Technology in a LiveCast from their homes with hosts M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu. In addition to reading from new work, they discussed writing during quarantine, having kids at home 24/7, staying on creative track, Black Lives Matter, diversity and how it affects them personally, and how writing intermingles with current events. The recording of the livecast is available here.

“Springtime Grand Slam”

May 12:  Gish Jen, Ted O’Connell, and Granville Wyche Burgess joined on a Livecast from a country home in upstate Vermont, a small town in Washington state, and the Deep South to talk baseball, Kafka, renewals, rejuvenations, and other beginnings–including their own! Moderated by M. M. De Voe and Christina Chiu, whose book Beauty, was newly launched that week –Granville told us about his days of being an Emmy nominated screenwriters, and Gish explained where she got the ideas in her novel The Resisters. Ted even plays his guitar! Check out this recording of the livecast.

“Transforming Discouragement into Motivation”

April 14 – our Technology Salon was postponed to June 9th, so Christina Chiu rounded up some good friends of Pen Parentis to talk about a topic dear to the heart of all writers. This star-studded panel, with Sergio Troncoso, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Charles Salzberg and M. M. De Voe, moderated by Chiu, originally presented on this topic in 2019 at the AWP Writing conference in Portland, OR. Reconvened online during the pandemic, this inspiring talk was recorded live on the date the Salon should have run. Watch the entire roundtable.


March 10 – with Kathryn Curto (because of Covid-19 related concerns, David Ebenbach and Caroline Hagood were unable to make it)  — what should have been a full house was instead an intimate roundtable!

To see our photos from the event, click here.

To watch the Livecast recording (from the day before New York City closed its public spaces), click here.


February 11: with Richard Peabody and Dawn Raffel (Jose de Pierola was unable to make the event)

Photos from the event, click here!

To watch the Livecast recording, click here.


January 14: “Annual Poetry Salons” with poets Sarah Kain Gutowski, Tim Donnelly, Diane Mehta (canceled due to illness), Len Lawson, and Nancy Hoch.

Check out the photos! 

Watch Livecast Recording. (thanks for recording this, Lisette!)


Miss anything??

September 10: “Freedom” with Renee Simms, Virginia Hartman & Jess DeCourcy Hinds   —  


October 8: “Alternative Lives” with Amy Edwards, Janice Eidus, and Randon Billings Noble

Watch the livecast recording

November 12: “Small Towns, USA” with Marie Lee, Jimin Han, and Keetje Kuipers

See the photos

Watch the livecast recording

December 10: Annual Author Mingle & Season Closer – “All in the Family,” with Terese Svoboda, Susan Van Sciver, and Huda Al-Marashi

See the photos

Watch the livecast recording