Michele Filgate, WHAT MY MOTHER & I DON’T TALK ABOUT
Sep 3rd, 2019 by zibbyowens
Today I'm interviewing Michele Filgate, the editor of the anthology What My Mother and I Don't Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence. The collection is based on her essay published by Longreads in October 2017, right after the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the #MeToo movement took off. She started writing this essay when she was an undergraduate. What started as her trying to work through her stepfather's abuse culminated in this impactful piece she says is a really an essay about a daughter longing for a stronger and better relationship with her mother. She then recruited many others to tell their own stories. The collection is amazing. I loved talking to Michele about her own experiences, how she structured this book, her time in the literary world and how she made peace with her past.