Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
If you want to publish a story about motherhood the week before Mother’s Day and not be a hideous cliché, it better be good. It better be vivid and real and personal and unique. Something like a totally raw comic strip about home birth, complete with shit and placenta, hatred and love, Facebook, The Daily Show, and hot naked photos of the majorly pregnant author. We thought you’d like that.
Christen Clifford is a fearless writer who has appeared on SMITH before as well as on stage and in many other publications. Her intensely confessional works are so intimate and honest they elicit more me-toos than TMIs. She met cartoonist David Heatley on the playground, as creative New York parents are wont to do, and read his graphic memoir in bed the day after baby Vera was [home]born. Christen immediately saw the story of her daughter’s birth in David’s child-like, evocative style. Now, quite fortunately, we can, too.
Christen Clifford is a writer and performer in New York. Her writing has appeared in SMITH’s Memoirville, Nerve, Salon, Identity Theory, Evergreen Review, and the Huffington Post, and is anthologized in Everything You Know About Sex Is Wrong (Disinfo Press). Her solo performance, BabyLove, premiered in Slovenia and later ran for three months Off Broadway at 45 Bleecker in 2008. She has performed at The Moth, PS 122, The Public Theatre, Town Hall, Galapagos, Classic Stage Company, and Joe’s Pub.
Photo by Justine Cooper Photography