Jennifer Berney with Anne de Marcken
Jenn Berney was one of those people who knew she was destined for motherhood--it wasn't a question of if, but when. So when she and her wife Kelly decided to start building their family, they took the next logical step: they went to a fertility clinic. But they soon found themselves entrenched in a medical establishment that didn't know what to do with people like them. With no man factoring into their relationship, doctors were at best embarrassed and at worst disparaging of the couple. Through the ups-and-downs of her own journey, Jenn reflects on a turbulent past that has led her to this point and a bright future worth fighting for. With clarity, determination, and hope, her book, The Other Mothers: Two Women’s Journey to Find the Family That Was Always Theirs (Sourcebooks) gives us a wonderful glimpse into the many ways we can become family. Jennifer Berney’s essays have appeared in Longreads, Tin House, The Offing, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Washington. She lives with her partner and two children in the Pacific Northwest. The Other Mothers is her first book.
Anne de Marcken is a writer and interdisciplinary artist. Her credits include multimedia installations, short and feature-length films, and hybrid fictions and realities of various lengths. She is author of the lyric novella, The Accident: An Account (Spuyten Duyvil, 2020)