Ariel Gore Biography
Ariel Gore is a journalist, memoirist, novelist, nonfiction author, and teacher. She is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood.
Through her work on Hip Mama, Gore is widely credited with launching maternal feminism and the contemporary mothers’ movement. “It’s the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart,” The New Yorker noted (May 2000). Gore’s fiction and nonfiction work also explore creativity, spirituality, queer culture, and positive psychology.
Writer and cultural commentator Susie Bright has called her “One of the best feminist writers of our times—perhaps the most eloquent and sensitive.”
In 2000, Working Woman magazine named Gore one of “20 Under 30” influential women in America.
Her lyrical memoir, Atlas of the Human Heart, which recounts Gore’s teenage travels, was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won the LAMBDA Literary Award in 2010.
She is a graduate of Mills College and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Gore has a daughter, Maia Swift, born February 7, 1990, and a son, Maximilian Gore-Perez, born August 26, 2007.
She has taught at The Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She currently teaches online at Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers:
Ariel Gore Age
Ariel Gore is a journalist, memoirist, novelist, nonfiction author, and teacher. She is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. She was born on June 25, 1970, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.
Ariel Gore Daughter
When a wild child becomes a mom
When she was 16, Ariel Gore dropped out of high school with $2,000 in savings and trekked through Asia and Europe. She slept on the streets, did drugs, hooked up with an abusive boyfriend and returned after three years with a baby she conceived in Spain and gave birth to in Italy.
“At that point,” Gore said with a laugh, “I was like, this hobo thing with an infant really isn’t going to work out.”
Now 32, the Portland, Ore., the author is in hot water with her mother, who finally learned the truth about those lost years after reading her daughter’s new memoir, “Atlas of the Human Heart” (Seal Press, $14.95).
All this time, Gore’s mom thought her wild-child daughter had been accepted as a student at the Regional Language Institute in Beijing.
But life has a way of getting even. Gore’s daughter, Maia, is now a teenager. And the world looks a lot scarier from Gore’s vantage point as a mother. Even a hip mama.
“My daughter’s 13,” Gore said, “and she’s not even allowed to walk home from school by herself.”
Gore’s story says something about how our boundaries have tightened since the ’70s when she was growing up in a hippie-artist household in California.
“I think I was a product of the times, really,” she said. “I grew up with a tremendous amount of freedom, and people not asking where I was going. A lot of people did at that time.”
Today Gore is best known as the founder-editor of Hip Mama, a leftie parenting zine with a circulation of 10,000. Besides editing the anthology “Breeder,” she has written two parenting books, most notably “The Hip Mama Survival Guide” (Hyperion, $14).
The 1998 guide, based on her own experience as a low-income single mom, tried to bridge the gap between idealized earth-mother books and yuppie manuals that obsessed about gadgets like baby monitors, which she didn’t need in a studio apartment.
Besides the usual pregnancy and potty-training advice, it gave the lowdown on child support, family court and nursing after nipple-piercing.
Knowing that Gore survived her youthful escapades makes it easier to stomach her edgy and sometimes squalid adventures as a teenage nomad. Her memoir, which she calls mostly true but filtered through adolescent memory, is full of youthful self-absorption and naivete.
Copping odd jobs and odd friends, the teenage Gore freewheeled through Hong Kong, China, Tibet, Nepal, Thailand, and Korea before moving on to a precarious life in Amsterdam, London, the coast of Spain and then Italy.
Her traveling companion at the end was an alcoholic boyfriend who left her with emotional and physical bruises. It wasn’t until she went to college and developed a “feminist framework” that she recognized herself as a victim of domestic violence. She said she later earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
“It wasn’t till I started working on the book that I saw how young I was [then],” Gore said. “There is this sense, looking back on the years, that I was really stupid and had gotten myself into stupid situations. But I was only a couple of years older than Maia.”
In her daughter’s eyes, Gore is as uncool as the most middle-class soccer mom. “She thinks I’m so humiliating!” Gore said.
Like all teens, Maia is eager to forge her own identity. Last fall she became captain of her school’s cheerleading squad, fulfilling a family joke that she would either become a cheerleader or a Republican. Last October, because of Maia, Gore attended her first football game.
“The cheerleading thing’s OK,” Gore said. “My punk-rock friends were like, `Oh, that’s so awful.’ But I said, `Aren’t you the same person who was moaning that your parents didn’t accept your green hair? What’s this about tolerance?”‘
Although Gore hopes Maia someday takes a saner approach to globetrot–say, an academic year abroad–she doesn’t regret her own youthful escapade. And she doesn’t have an easy answer on where to draw parental boundaries in our jittery world.
“It’s something I definitely struggle with,” Gore said. “There are certain life skills you can’t figure out until you’ve been stranded at a train station and have to figure out how to get home.
“But by the same token, if something happens that you can’t recover from, all that talk of freedom goes out the window.”
Ariel Gore Family
John Duryea (stepfather)
John Stillman Duryea (January 19, 1918, in San Francisco, California – July 22, 2006, in Oaxaca, Mexico), was a priest in the Roman Catholic Church.
Trained at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California. He was ordained March 20, 1943, at St Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco by Archbishop John J. Mitty. He was an assigned in 1943 as assistant pastor at St. Matthew in San Mateo. Sent to Sacred Heart Church in Oakland from 1946 to 1950.
Then assigned in 1950, as a Catholic chaplain, first at San José State University and in 1961, Stanford University, where he became immensely popular and influential as the pastor of St. Ann’s Chapel, Palo Alto.
According to the Palo Alto Weekly (July 26, 2006), he “became nationally famous, or infamous, for announcing on Jan. 18, 1976, in his sermon at St. Ann’s Chapel in Palo Alto that he had ‘done the one thing the (Catholic Church) institution will not tolerate.
I have fallen in love.’ ” That spring, he married artist Eve De Bona and became stepfather to her two daughters, Leslie, and Ariel Gore. On the same day, he received a letter from the Archbishop of San Francisco, Joseph T. McGucken, informing him that had been excommunicated by Pope Paul VI.
Following his dismissal from St. Ann’s and excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church, Duryea founded the Angelo Roncalli Community, named for Pope John XXIII. He continued celebrating mass with that community for over twenty years, using University Lutheran Church in Palo Alto as its meeting place.
Each Sunday, the Angelo Roncalli Community would have its services at 9:00 a.m.; ULC would have its services at 10:00 a.m.
John Duryea retired to Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2001.
Ariel Gore Books
Ariel GoreBooks We Were Witches: A Novel 2017, The End of Eve: A Memoir 2014, Atlas of the human heart 2003, Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness 2010, The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show 2006, The Mother Trip 2000, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights 2007,
Guia De Supervivencia Para Las Madres Modernas 1998, Whatever, Mom: Hip Mama’s Guide to Raising a Teenager 2004, All the Pretty People: Tales of Carob, Shame, and Barbie-Envy 2011, How to Leave a Place 2005, Hexing the Patriarchy: 26 Potions, Spells, and Magical Elixirs to Embolden the Resistance 2019, Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver 2014, and All of Me: Stories of Love, Anger, and the Female Body 2019
Ariel Gore, we were witches
Buying into the dream that education is the road out of poverty, a teen mom takes a chance on bettering herself, gets on welfare rolls, and talks her way into college. But once she’s there, phallocratic narratives permeate every subject, and creative writing professors depend heavily on Freytag’s pyramid to analyze life.
So Ariel turns to a rich subcultural canon of resistance and failure, populated by writers like Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldúa, Tillie Olsen, and Kathy Acker.
Wryly riffing on feminist literary tropes, We Were Witches documents the survival of a demonized single mother. She’s beset by custody disputes, homophobia, and America’s ever-present obsession with shaming strange women into passive citizenship.
But even as the narrator struggles to graduate―often the triumphant climax of a dramatic plot―a question uncomfortably lingers. If you’re dealing with precarious parenthood, queer identity, and debt, what is the true narrative shape of your experience?
Ariel Gore is a journalist, author, and teacher. She is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Her memoir Atlas of the Human Heart was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won a Lambda Literary Award in 2010.
ariel gore literary kitchen
Ariel Gore Literary Kitchen
Ariel’s workshops jump-started my psyche. I’m back into looking at the world as a writer instead of as a would-be writer. I have her to thank for that. Workshops are almost at your own pace. Always encouraging. She has a knack for assembling a great group of writers together every time.
Ariel Gore’s writing workshop pushed me past the borders of my creativity and into an exciting unknown place of writing within myself. If you’ve ever put to pen to paper and wondered what you were really capable of Ariel’s workshop will take you there.
I thoroughly enjoy Ariel’s workshops. Writers from a variety of backgrounds gather together, bringing in work with all kinds of themes, and as each piece is workshopped, Ariel’s ear for the crucial aspects of great storytelling kicks right in. Her feedback is thoughtful, insightful, precise, and multilayered.
When I started writing with Ariel, I had zero ideas on how to write for an audience. In a workshop with her, I have found my voice and with practice have found different ways to formulate a story.
I have learned how to incorporate dialogue and am so much more confident with my work. I recommend this workshop to all aspiring, practicing, and practiced writers.
Ariel Gore is a LAMBDA Award-winning editor and the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction. Her latest novel, We Were Witches, a hybrid novel-memoir is out now from The Feminist Press. The End of Eve won a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, a Rainbow Award, and was named one of the 10 best memoirs of the year by Library Journal.
Ariel’s stories and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Psychology Today, Salon, Ms., Utne, The Sun, The San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere.