It’s tomorrow, you guys.

Tomorrow night I will stand on the stage with those other 12 beautiful people up there and tell my story.

I never cry when I read it, but I am hoping the adrenaline and extra emotion of standing on stage don’t mess with my tear ducts. I know I will cry during the other stories though. So I am packing tissue in my handbag. You should too, if you’ll be there.

And I hope you will.

It’s hard to explain Listen To Your Mother to anyone who has not experienced it. It’s stories of motherhood. Live readings. But it’s so much more.

If you’re reading this, you might start to get it…at least how important story-telling is to me and why this is such a big deal. I publish pretty vulnerable stuff here because I want to be heard…to matter…to have been here someday when I am not here anymore. Story-telling is how we preserve our history and our culture. Speaking my truth out loud in front of live eyes and ears is another level of witnessing that I am not used to.

I am good at writing my thoughts, hitting publish, and leaving it up to you to read or not.

Standing in front of hundreds of people and reading my story is different. I know you hear it then. I know you see me…and my words. Being there for the reaction is so different than hitting publish and hiding from my computer.

Yet…I want you there.

This is my “thing”.

I was never an athlete and have never asked anyone to come cheer me on for sporting events. I was in the occasional play at church and I was in band, but I didn’t expect people to come watch those. So this is my thing. This is what I want you to see. Because this–this storytelling with my words and my voice–this is my talent.

And for those of you too far away, I know you’ll be there in spirit.

So tomorrow.

(tickets are on sale here for $16.95 or at the door for $20)

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Oh, how I wish I could be there. I’ll be anxiously awaiting your video and to hear how it went. I know it’s nerve-racking, but try to take it all in and enjoy it. And kick so much @$$, friend.

  2. I will be sending you all my mental strength and love. Whatever emotions come out when you’re reading, they will be real and they will be yours. So don’t fear. Just embrace the moment.

    You’ve earned the hell out of it.
    Break a leg, wonderful you.

  3. And you were FABULOUS!! So glad you came out of seemingly nowhere, walked in my office door, and auditioned for Beth and me! You were an asset to our show in every way, and I think you should totally pitch Grand Rapids when they put out the call for new cities next season. I was terrified when I did! But willing to do it by myself if I had to. Because it’s that important. And it’s that special. And, thanks to Ann Imig, having the opportunity to give voice to people like you is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. xooxxoox