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My Bio:

I graduated in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in ego from the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism. When my  first full-length feature story on the latest trends in salad bars landed on the cover of the Columbia Missourian, I was hooked. Since then my  articles have been published in newspapers and magazines across the country and blogosphere.  My weekly parenting humor column “Mishegas of Motherhood” originated in 2006 in the St. Louis Jewish Light, which reaches 20,000 paid subscribers every week. The column is described as domestic satire combined with Jewish wisdom that applies to all modern families. The universally appealing content appeals to multi generations, as well as all faiths and backgrounds, but mostly Jewish moms. My article on “Jewish Girls Don’t Camp” won a national writing contest and inspired a webisode on the groundbreaking online sitcom “In The Motherhood,” which reached 20 million viewers and starred comic actress Leah Remini.

Over the last 25 years, my diverse writing career has spanned health care, real estate, corporate communications, marketing/public relations, advertising copy writing, and social media. In addition to my professional experience, I’m also the co-director /producer of “Listen To Your Mother,”  a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Born of the creative work of mothers who publish online, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.

I also volunteer at StudioSTL, a nonprofit writing center dedicated to helping kids, ages 6-18, build their writing skills, inspire creativity, and publish books. And I’m a chairperson for the Missouri Own Program of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, the largest literary event of its kind in the country, attracting 20,000-plus attendees.

 

My Book:

In 2011, I published my first book, “Mishegas of Motherhood. Raising Children To Leave The Nest…As Long As They Come Home For Dinner,” which is a collection of favorite columns, including “Answering the Big Question: Is There A God?”, “Planning A Dream Bar Mitzvah Is A Nightmare,” “Everything I Need To Know I Learned From My Dog,” “Teenage Brain Baffles Parents,” “The Holiness of Chores Make a Great Boredom Buster,” “Turn Your Backyard Into A Bimah,” and “The Torah Is Like A Matzo Ball.”

My readers refer to me as the “Jewish Erma Bombeck,” and my book was named a finalist in the “Shirley You Jest” non-fiction indie humor book contest.

Review copies of my book are available per request, or here is a sample chapter:

M.O.M. Chapter 12 Preview

 

My Social Media Platform:

  • 3,000 unique visitors per month to www.mishegasofmotherhood.com.
  • 2,000+ total followers on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pintrest).
  • columnist for JewishinStLouis.org, which is the largest Jewish Federation website and attracts 100,000 visits/half million page views per year.

I continue to build my social media reach by providing humorous, relevant material on topics such as parenting, family, marriage, Judaism, and pop culture to numerous websites in my genre, including:

www.momcoloredglasses.com

www.afterthebubbly.com

www.Mamapedia.com

www.humorwriters.org

www.cafemom.com

www.mom-Spot.com

www.skinnyscoop.com

www.momtourage.com

www.breezymomma.com  (scroll to 4:29, I’ll do anything for a little publicity).

 

My Links:

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/mishegasofmotherhood

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Elliegro

Pintrest: http://pinterest.com/elliegro/

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ellie-s-grossman-cohen/20/2a4/9a1

My website/blog: http://mishegasofmotherhood.co

 

My Speaking Events:

My speaking presentations are aimed to be entertaining and enlightening and cover a variety of topics, depending on the audience. For example, my previous gigs include the 2011 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival,  regional board meeting of Hadassah, the largest volunteer organization and the largest women’s organization in America; Women of Valor Conference at United Hebrew Congregation; Jewish Parents as Teachers; Jewish Lights of Special Needs Society; Spirituality of Motherhood at Temple Israel; St. Louis Working Women’s Survival Show; and Partners in Education in Rockwood School District.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact me at ellie@mishegasofmotherhood.com.